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Police: Motorcyclist recorded harrowing chase on cell phone

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A motorcyclist who led police on a wild chase that snaked around Lawrenceville at speeds topping 140 mph recorded the entire ordeal on his cell phone, police said Tuesday.

What he intended to do with the recording is under investigation.

A Lawrenceville police officer in pursuit of Loganville resident Jose Mezu, 28, noted speeds during the Friday evening chase of more than 110 mph on busy thoroughfares such as Sugarloaf Parkway. Mezu reportedly weaved through multiple vehicles and skirted a police barricade.

Mezu was apprehended after crashing his 2008 Kawasaki ZX600-P8F into the back of another vehicle on Sugarloaf Parkway near Ga. Highway 316. He sustained minor injuries, said Lawrenceville police spokesman Capt. Greg Vaughn.

Police found that Mezu's cell phone, mounted in a case on the handlebars of the downed bike, was recording a video.

"(We) don't know why he was recording, but he did record the entire chase," Vaughn said.

Mezu was charged with fleeing or attempting to elude police, a felony, along with 26 traffic citations, ranging from speeding and running a red light to erratic lane changes. He was released the day after the chase on $9,300 bond, records show.

Mezu could not be reached for comment Tuesday. A person at his Loganville address who identified himself as Mezu's father said his son was working "four or five hours away" before he declined further comment.

The chase was detailed in a report by Officer BW Canipelli, who initiated the pursuit after clocking Mezu's speed at 72 mph in a 45 mph zone on Ga. Highway 124 at about 8:30 p.m., the report states.

After being clocked, Mezu bolted to Sugarloaf Parkway at more than 129 mph, disregarded a red light at Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, then drove over a raised concrete gore to avoid a police roadblock at U.S. Highway 29, the report states.

Eventually, the chase sped down Ga. Highway 316 at more than 143 mph, then north on I-85 to Ga. Highway 120 -- where Canipelli noted his speedometer reading at 100 mph -- and finally right onto Sugarloaf Parkway where the crash occurred, the report states.

The report lists Mezu as being sober at the time. He was carrying a holstered firearm as he was taken into custody without further incident, the report states.

Prior to being transported, Mezu reportedly asked police to retrieve his cell phone.

"I informed (Mezu) I would be placing the phone into evidence," the officer wrote.

Comments

mustardandbiscuit 1 year, 11 months ago

There'll never be a shortage of morons in the county.

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rco1847 1 year, 11 months ago

Quick somebody, turn off the idiot machine, we have enough.

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DB 1 year, 11 months ago

A different brainless take on cell phone misuse while driving. A $9300 bond is not enough.

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Motor76 1 year, 11 months ago

Thought you could get away? No way Jose. I wish I could be in the courtroom when the judge watches this little "action film" this moron produced. And true DB...the bond was not high enough.

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Karl 1 year, 11 months ago

Darwin must have had the day off.

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Braveshopr 1 year, 11 months ago

He probably won't be around for court, anyway.

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