Biker accused of eluding cops, posting chase online (VIDEO)

PEQUANNOCK — A motorcyclist who recorded a helmet-cam video while fleeing a traffic stop in December — and later posted the video online — was apprehended Wednesday, police said.

Anthony Darrigo, 20, of Haskell, was arrested at his home Wednesday following a four-month investigation into a motorcycle that refused to stop for a patrol officer, Pequannock police Capt. Chris DePuyt said.

His motorcycle, helmet, jacket, helmet-mounted video camera, laptop computer and cell phone were all seized as evidence pursuant to a search warrant, DePuyt said.

Officer James Dericks attempted to pull over a motorcyclist on Dec. 10 at 3:11 p.m. after seeing him drive the bike on its rear wheel — a wheelie. The officer turned on his lights and sirens to signal the driver to pull over, but he instead sped up.

The motorcyclist then proceeded to elude the officer at a high rate of speed, disregarded marked lanes of travel, improperly passed other vehicles, made an illegal U-turn at the Route 23 and Boulevard intersection and entered a residential section of Pompton Plains, DePuyt said.

Officers from Pequannock and Riverdale tried to stop the motorcyclist prior to the pursuit being terminated by supervisors, he said.

The motorcyclist later fled onto Route 287 north where, according to the speedometer in the video, he exceeded 140 miles per hour, DePuyt said.

Over the past several months, police received tips from the public and were told that the suspect had posted a helmet-mounted video of the pursuit on YouTube using the online handle, « TY 600RR, » he said. The video shows the rider looking back at Officer Dericks’ vehicle and refusing to stop.

Investigators later obtained a search warrant for Darrigo’s home, which was executed Wednesday morning.

Darrigo was charged with second-degree eluding police with risk of severe bodily injury, third-degree eluding police and fourth-degree resisting arrest. He was later released on his own recognizance.

DePuyt said Darrigo’s arrest underscored the potential consequences of refusing to stop for police.

« As the video depicts, innocent motorists, pedestrians and police officers are put in grave danger by such actions, » he said. « The Pequannock Township Police Department, along with our neighboring partner jurisdictions, will continue to pursue all investigative leads and methods at our disposal to prosecute any similar occurrences as part of our ongoing mission to ensure the safety of the motoring public. »

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