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Man arrested on charges of unlawful flight

Prescott police arrested a motorcyclist Tuesday on charges including unlawful flight after he saw a police motorcycle's flashing lights, tried to flee, and forced a vehicle over the road's center line.

Officers booked Seth Gerhardt Wright, 18, of Prescott, into the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde on charges of unlawful flight from law enforcement, reckless driving, and criminal speed.

At 6:18 p.m., an officer saw a motorcyclist approaching him at a high rate of speed on Hassayampa Village Lane, a residential street, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

The officer caught him on radar going 46 mph in the 25 mph zone, Reinhardt said.

After the officer turned on his emergency lights and siren, the motorcycle driver looked back and sped up, according to the police report.

"The motorcyclist passed three vehicles illegally, and he forced one to drive left of center," Reinhardt said. "Anytime someone exceeds the speed by more than 20 miles per hour they can be charged with criminal speed which is a misdemeanor."

The motorcyclist stopped in a dirt driveway near Copper Basin Road where the officer handcuffed him.

Wright told the officer he'd seen the flashing lights and heard the siren, but that he fled because he didn't want to get a speeding ticket.

Wright told the officer that he deploys with the Army in two weeks, and his recruiter told him he couldn't go into the Army if he received a ticket, according to the police report.

Wright told the officer he was sorry for what he'd done and that he'd passed the three vehicles illegally.

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