Monroe man charged with fleeing

Deputies say motorcyclist was arrested in farm field


MONROE — A Monroe motorcyclist was out on bond Friday after he was arrested the night before in LaSalle Township on charges of fleeing from sheriff's deputies who had allegedly clocked him at speeds exceeding 90 mph.

James Archer, 40, was arraigned in Monroe District Court on charges of fleeing and eluding, resisting and obstructing, driving with a suspended license, and having an improper registration. Mr. Archer posted 10 percent of a $2,500 bond, and was released, according to a court clerk. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Aug. 5.

A deputy on Telegraph Road south of South Otter Creek Road reported clocking a motorcycle traveling northbound at 94 mph about 8:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. The deputy turned around and tried to stop the motorcycle, but the driver accelerated and turned east on South Otter Creek, nearly crashing on loose gravel, deputies said.

Another near-crash occurred at South Dixie Highway, deputies said, after which the motorcycle turned into a restaurant parking lot. The motorcyclist got off the bike, ran into Swan Creek, under South Dixie, and on to a farm field, where he was arrested.

Deputies impounded his 2006 Harley-Davidson.