High-speed motorcycle chase reaches 120 mph

Suspect stops when he runs out of gas

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

A Rockingham man confined at Richmond County Jail is facing a litany of charges after a high-speed chase with area law enforcement agencies through North and South carolinas ended when the suspect ran out of gas.

Tony Brooks Helton II

Tony Brooks Helton II

Richmond County sheriff’s deputies joined a chase in progress Saturday shortly before 10 p.m. in East Rockingham as troopers with the North Carolina Highway Patrol were in pursuit of a man operating blue Suzuki motorcycle at a high rate of speed.

The suspect, Tony Brooks Helton II, 19, of Sandhills Road, was on Mill Road headed towards Highway 177. A police report said Helton passing vehicles in no-passing zones multiple times and through red traffic lights as speeds reached 120 mph in 45 mph areas.

Helton led police down Airport Road into Marlboro County, S.C., before returning to Richmond County via Highway 38. Helton turned onto Wiregrass Road in rural Richmond County and crossed over County Home Road near the Richmond County Ninth Grade Academy. Shortly afterward, police said Helton slowed to approximately 60 mph and pulled out an orange cellphone to make a phone call.

Police said Helton pulled over just before reaching East Washington Street when his motorcycle ran out of fuel.

The police report indicated the suspect “refused all instructions to get off the motorcycle.” Helton was charged with fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, resisting a public officer, speeding, reckless driving, driving on a revoked license, operating a vehicle without insurance, driving to the left of center and failing to heed a light or siren.

As of Monday night, Helton was due to appear in Richmond County Superior Court on charges of felony hit and run causing injury and driving left of center. Helton is scheduled to appear on June 26 in Richmond County District Court on long list of related charges.

Helton was confined to the Richmond County Jail on a $20,000 secured bond. A female passenger on the motorcycle was transported to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and released to her mother.

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  • Savanna

    I TOLD YOU TO BE CAREFUL TONY. WE ARE ALL WORRIED BOUT U.

  • http://billiehelton@aol.com Billie Helton

    My son made a mistake, a very stupid one, but a mistake. We are not perfect, he was not raised this way but to hear someone say “to bad he didn’t eat the road up”. Are you kidding me? I truly hope you never have to feel the pain of your child making a mistake that could change his life forever. You should be ashamed of yourself for even thinking such a thing. We are all thankful nobody was hurt.

    • florence

      I know it hurt

      • florence

        my son make mistake to but I stll love him and I will all way love he stold my car last year everybody make mistake

  • Tammy Butler

    This just don’t sound like the Tony I met back in December it is good nobody got hurt though I am shocjed and frankly I feel somethimnisnt right…. tony will pull through and hopefully everything will turn out the way it should….praying for him

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