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130-mph motorcycle speeder charged

Mirror staff

A man arrested at home in Federal Way after escaping state troopers from the Eastside to south King County while speeding at more than 100 miles per hour on his motorcycle has been charged in King County Superior Court with one count of attempting to elude a pursuing police vehicle.

John Anthony Edwards, 21, is scheduled to be arraigned April 20.

Edwards was released after he posted bail, which was set at $50,000.

The standard sentence for attempting to elude police is up to 90 days in jail.

According to court records, Edwards has a criminal history that includes two convictions for driving with a suspended license in 2000, fourth-degree assault in 1999 and second-degree arson in 2000.

Last Monday, State Patrol troopers conducting an air patrol clocked Edwards driving almost 90 miles per hour on Interstate 90 near North Bend. Edwards fled when police tried to pull him over, his speed reaching 130 miles per hour, police said.

Edwards dodged in and out of freeway traffic, drove on shoulders and in oncoming lanes, ran stop lights and almost hit an off-duty officier who was working traffic control at a construction site on South 277th Street in Federal Way, according to authorities.

He finally drove to his Federal Way home in the 31000 block of 11th Place Southwest in Federal Way, parked his motorcycle in the garage and went inside. Troopers, guided by police in the air, surrounded the home. Edwards surrendered a little over an hour later.

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