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Cops: Biker speeds at 140 mph on Sunrise

A motorcyclist who police said was clocked doing nearly 140 miles per hour on Sunrise Highway was eventually captured by Suffolk police after getting caught in traffic at a stop light in Lindenhurst, officials said.

Joseph Gervasio, 21, of 181 W. Lake Dr., Lindenhurst, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated unlicensed operation in the third degree, and reckless driving, police said.

Gervasio had seven outstanding warrants involving vehicle and traffic violations. He was also driving with a suspended license, and was operating an uninsured, unregistered motorcycle that had improper license plates, police said.

Gervasio was first spotted at about 8:40 p.m. operating the Suzuki GSX 600 motorcycle at speeds up to 95 mph westbound on Sunrise Highway in Islip Terrace, police said. As Officer Glen Ritchie, who was in an unmarked police car, got close to Gervasio, the Lindenhurst man sped off, police said. He was eventually apprehended at the traffic light when Ritchie and Officer Larry Ruiz blocked his path, officials said.

Sgt. George Hodge of the Suffolk Police Aggressive Driving Task Force said this was not the first time police have estimated a motorist's speed to be 140 miles per hour.

"It's not common at all, but it has happened periodically," Hodge said. "We don't pursue them. . . . It's too dangerous for the police officer and to the public."

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