DANIELSVILLE, Ga. — Authorities say a motorcycle rider got away from Georgia sheriff’s deputy who stopped chasing the bike when its speed reached 120 mph (193 kph).

The Athens Banner-Herald reports the Madison County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday had still not found the fleeing rider, who wore a helmet that covered his entire face.

Sheriff’s Capt. Jim Patton said a deputy tried to stop the motorcycle on Highway 29 in Danielsville after seeing it following another vehicle too closely. Patton said the rider made a U-turn in a store parking lot and sped away.

Patton said the deputy stopped the pursuit after the motorcycle’s speed hit 120 mph, in part because the cyclist was only being stopped for a misdemeanor traffic violation.

Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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