WINCHESTER -- State police say three motorcyclists led authorities on a 12-mile pursuit Sunday afternoon, at times reaching speeds well above 100 mph.
State Trooper R.D. Riggs said Monday that the three motorcyclists sped east on U.S. 522 while he ran radar near Reynolds Store. Riggs then tried to stop the riders who appeared at first to be pulling to the right and off the road, but then they continued east, he said.
The pursuit continued for 12 miles on U.S. 522. Trooper E.E. Mason came to assist Riggs in bringing the motorcyclists to a stop at Old Bethel Church Road. Riggs explained that he drove ahead of the motorcycles on U.S. 522.
The motorcycle at the rear stopped and the one in front slowed to a stop where the troopers had parked, Riggs said. The third rider didn't stop, collided with the motorcycle in front of him, causing that vehicle to hit Mason's cruiser and then land on Riggs' car, the trooper recalled.
No one was hurt and the collisions caused only minor damage to the cruisers he said.
The motorcycles reached speeds of between 125 and 130 mph. The posted speed limit on U.S. 522 is 55 mph.
Riggs charged Darren Sweeney, 22, and Travis Pevarnik, 24, both of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Luke Miller, 21, of Martinsburg, W.Va., each with felony eluding police and reckless driving. All riders were wearing helmets.
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