Man flees Highway Patrol on possibly stolen motorcycle

Michael James Wiggins

A Springfield is facing felony charges after he allegedly evaded law enforcement on a stolen motorcycle.

Michael James Wiggins, 36, has been charged in Laclede County with a class D felony of tampering with a motor vehicle and a class E felony of resisting arrest after he was located in Lebanon with a vehicle he allegedly stole from a Willard resident.

At about 10:35 a.m. on Thursday, a Missouri State Highway Patrol officer noticed a black Honda motorcycle traveling east “at a high rate of speed” on Interstate 44 near the 125 mile marker.

The officer clocked the vehicle as going 108 miles per hour, but the speed limit was 70 miles per hour. According to the statement, the officer signaled for the motorcycle to stop, but it accelerated and began to weave in and out of traffic without signaling.

The officer noted that as he pursued the motorcycle, it followed a recreational vehicle at an unsafe distance, then passed the vehicle and continued east. The officer also noted that the man was wearing a helmet not approved by the Department of Transportation and that the motorcycle had an expired license plate that was flapping in the wind.

The statement says the man left I-44 at the 127 exit, where he ran a red light before continuing straight onto the 127 entrance ramp and returning to I-44, where he passed the same recreational vehicle a second time by driving on the shoulder of the road.

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