On Aug. 20, a Golden Valley motorcyclist dodged cars and dipped in and out of traffic during a police chase that reached speeds of 120 mph.
Nathan Ford Nishizuka, 25, is charged with fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle, a felony with a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, signed by Minnesota State Patrol Sgt. Dan Beasley, troopers on routine patrol near Interstates 94 and 394 spotted Nishizuka’s motorcycle exceeding the speed limit just before 1:30 a.m. Aug. 20.
Troopers began to pursue Nishizuka after activating their emergency lights and siren, but Nishizuka accelerated to 75 mph and began passing numerous vehicles, occasionally reaching a speed of 120 mph as he tried to elude troopers, according to the complaint.
Troopers watched Nishizuka swerve from lane to lane, then followed him as he took the 49th Street exit, where they were able to pin him against a wall with squad cars.
Nishizuka was arrested and taken from the scene in a squad car. On his way to jail, he told troopers that fleeing was “the stupidest decision of his life,” according to the complaint.
Nishizuka has been released from custody on a $20,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Sept. 11 in Hennepin County District Court.