Motorcyclists, including firefighters, face criminal charges of evading law enforcement


JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – The Florida Highway Patrol said it clocked two motorcyclists in Jacksonville over the weekend traveling at speeds over 100 mph on area freeways.

Both were arrested, FHP said, and face criminal charges of evading police.

Roderic Brown, 33, passed a soldier Saturday on I-295 as he exited the Buckman Bridge, where he was clocked at 94 mph, according to FHP. FHP said a soldier got behind him and turned on his headlights, but Brown accelerated, reaching 120 mph and he weaved in and out of traffic.

Troopers said Brown was eventually pulled over and arrested on I-95 south.

News4JAX spoke with Michael Dobbs, who worked for the FHP. He is now the owner of Jacksonville Motorcycle Safety Training.

“If you’re going at that speed and you crash, 99% of the time it’s fatal because you can’t win at 200 km/h. And that’s why you have to obey the appropriate speed limit,” Dobbs said.

FHP said later that day, John Overton, a 20-year-old firefighter with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, was spotted driving north on I-95 near J Boulevard. Turner Butler. Troopers said Overton drove to the Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and headed south on I-95, where FHP said its aerial asset clocked the motorcyclist traveling more than 100 mph.

FHP said the plane followed Overton to his home, where soldiers arrived and arrested him.

JFRD said Overton has been assigned to a desk pending the outcome of the investigation.

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