Arizona is known for a lot of things, such as it's sunny weather, monsoon season, good food and beautiful landscapes. However, the characteristic of the state that most people forget (until it's too late) is its crackdown on crime and strict penalties. Local law enforcement officials have been known to eagerly cite drivers who criminally speed at high miles per hour on roadways. But after a recent report of a 35% increase in the number of state traffic fatalities this year, the state has made valiant efforts to aggressively enforce traffic laws on borderline and criminal speeders alike.
In the wake of state troopers' orders to be tougher on speeders, new reports involving a young, male Phoenix man and the Arizona Department of Public Safety recently made headlines. According to recent articles, DPS planned a sting operation to catch the man, who they refer to as a serial speeder, after failing to stop the man for months.
Noah Ling, 22, would habitually ride his blue Suzuki motorcycle onto Loop 101 and Interstate 17 in the Phoenix area in the morning. Authorities wrote in a court document that Ling would reach top speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. For weeks, law enforcement was incapable of stopping him and arresting him for criminal speeding. Documents submitted to the Maricopa County Superior Court by DPS claimed that Ling had successfully outrun state troopers more than once. However, Ling's luck finally ran out when he was recently arrested by a state trooper.
“On five occasions, I have attempted to stop the vehicle by activating the emergency lights and siren on my fully marked patrol vehicle, but it (motorcycle) accelerates away quickly at speeds over 100 mph,” the arresting officer wrote in an official document.
But in order to do so, the department took relatively extreme measures. Court documents say that the DPS collaborated with the Arizona Department of Transportation to use their freeway cameras to track Ling's recurrently traveled route to his job at Stanley Steemer. The officials then used this information to set up a number of marked and unmarked police cars near the area they suspected Ling to pass by on his motorcycle on his way to work.
On the day Ling was arrested, he outran local law enforcement once again. However, a DPS helicopter followed the motorcycle all the way to his job. In an attempt to escape police, the man leaped off of his motorcycle and ran inside of his place of employment. Police found him in the bathroom hiding out.
Ling was arrested on suspicion of unlawful flight from law enforcement and endangerment. After a recent status conference, Ling posted a Facebook status claiming that he was a “free man” and that his case was “dropped.” But DPS claims otherwise.
“The charges will be filed with the county attorney very soon. Mr. Ling is not off the hook and will be facing the charges he was originally booked into jail,” the department said in a statement.
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