2010-05-28 / Top Stories

Leads Cops On A Merry Chase, Not So Merry In Jail

By Howard Schwach

In pix, William Rodriquez is placed in an ambulance after crashing his motorcycle in Arverne. Police chased the speeding motorcyclist from Cross Bay Boulevard after spotting him speeding and “popping wheelies” on the busy boulevard. In pix, William Rodriquez is placed in an ambulance after crashing his motorcycle in Arverne. Police chased the speeding motorcyclist from Cross Bay Boulevard after spotting him speeding and “popping wheelies” on the busy boulevard. A Maspeth man led police officers of the 100 Precinct on a merry chase through Broad Channel and over the bridge to Rockaway before they finally caught and cuffed him on an Arverne Street.

Court sources say that William B. Rodriquez, 24, of 60 Road in Maspeth was spotted by Police Officer Edgar Petrellimackay speeding down Cross Bay Boulevard at West 3 Road at about 9:20 a.m. on May 20.

Police say that Rodriquez, riding a gray motorcycle southbound on the boulevard, was moving at a high rate of speed. Court papers say that he was “popping wheelies,” riding on the back wheel only as he travelled south.

The police followed the motorcycle as it sped through the town, scattering pedestrians along the way. The cops put their lights and siren on and ordered the speeding motorcyclist to pull over, but he sped away from the police car at high speed.

Rodriquez failed to stop for the toll booth on the Cross Bay Bridge, squeezing around the wooden barrier that bars cars from passing.

When Rodriquez hit the Rockaway side of the bridge he went east with the police car in full pursuit.

Court records show that the motorcyclist passed several red lights and often ran in the bicycle lane to get around traffic. He ran through a construction zone at high speed, scattering the flagman and several workers.

Rodriquez finally lost control of his bike at the intersection of Beach 64 Street and Almeda Avenue in Arverne, where he crashed into a telephone pole.

He was reportedly taken to the Peninsula Hospital Center, where he was treated and released to police, who took him to Queens Central Booking.

A check of motor vehicle records showed that Rodriquez has only a photo identification and not a driver’s license. In addition, the motorcycle was not properly registered or insured.

Rodriquez was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on May 21 on charges of driving without a license, reckless endangerment, theft of services, reckless driving, driving without insurance, driving an unregistered motor vehicle and four counts of passing a steady red light.

He was held on $2,000 bail for his next court date, which is set for June 3.

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