Motorcycle chase ends in Bedford man being remorseful but arrested

BEDFORD – A Bedford man was arrested after he fled from a Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputy on a motorcycle at excessive speeds.

The driver was clocked doing 87 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone when the deputy attempted to stop him.

Dakota Harrison

The driver made a u-turn and traveled north on State Road 37. The driver then increased his speed to more than 100 miles per hour. The driver then failed to stop at the red light at the intersection of State Road 37 and US 50 West.

The driver continued north on State Road 37, making multiple lane changes without signaling, and again traveled at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour.  

Bedford Police Department assisted in the pursuit that continued on Mitchell Road and onto Sandpit Road. When the motorcycle crested the hill on Sandpit Road, east of County Complex Road, the officers lost sight of the motorcycle and at that point terminated the pursuit for safety.  

Officers were able to determine 22-year-old  Dakota Harrison was the owner of the vehicle. 

Officers went to Harrison’s home and made contact with his father who confirmed Harrison owned the bike and was out riding.

A short time later Harrison contacted the Sheriff’s Department and admitted he was the person who fled from police. He was asked to come to the department. Harrison complied and was very cooperative.

Harrison told the officer he saw the police officer attempting to stop him but he got scared because he didn’t have the money to pay for a citation.

 He stated he regretted his decision to flee and was remorseful about  the incident. 

He was arrested on charges of reckless driving and resisting arrest.