A Minnesota motorcyclist may have hit a record for a speeding ticket: 205 mph.
Minnesota State Patrol pilot Al Loney was flying over U.S. Route 61 near Washaba, part of a task force cracking down on this fall's "Flood Run," an informal motorbike ride that takes place twice a year along the Mississippi River.
He looked down and saw two bikes racing at high speed, and when one shot ahead, Loney waited till the rider reached a white marker in the road. Then he clicked his stopwatch.
A quarter mile and 4.39 seconds later, the rider reached another marker. Loney did the math: 205.11 miles per hour.
"I was in total disbelief," Loney told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I had to double-check my watch because in 27 years I'd never seen anything move that fast."
Samuel Armstrong Tilley, 20, had soon been pulled over and booked for reckless driving, driving without a motorcycle license and driving 140 mph over the posted speed limit of 65.
Police policy on the Flood Run (search), which raises money for charity, is to only ticket participants doing above 100 mph.
Tilley's father is a Washington County, Minn., sheriff's deputy, according to the Pioneer Press.
A quick search by state troopers revealed that the next fastest ticket on record was for 150 mph.
"By all accounts, this is probably the fastest speed we've ever caught anyone," Kevin Smith, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "It's astonishing, even for the most seasoned state trooper."
Loney said Tilley was riding a Honda 1000 (search), and that many such high-performance motorcycles can hit 200 mph with minor modifications.
A Minneapolis motorbike mechanic told Pioneer Press columnist Joe Soucheray that no "out of the box" bike could possibly do 205.
"I mean, yes, if he had a turbo on it or it was supercharged, it is possible," Doug Millay said, "but road racers on straightaways might get to, oh, I don't know, 215 maybe."
"I would wonder about the accuracy of the radar or the guy's watch," he added.
Darwin Holmstrom, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Motorcycles," told the Star-Tribune that Tilley's bike must have had "mindless modifications" costing up to $25,000.
"I don't think the kid is very smart, but if he hit 205, then he should be at the Bonneville Salt Flats (search)," said Holmstrom, referring to a famous speed-test proving ground in Utah.
Kathy Swanson of the state Office of Traffic Safety told the Pioneer Press that unless Tilley was wearing professional protective gear, he was courting death at 200 mph.
"I'm not entirely sure what would happen if you crashed at 200 miles per hour," Swanson said. "But it wouldn't be pretty, that's for sure."
"He was probably running [up to] 160, and that's insane on public roads," Holmstrom said to the Star-Tribune. "It's suicidal. He has no idea of his own mortality."
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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — Two brothers serving in the military and a third man exploded a small bomb inside a McDonald's because they were angry over a bad milkshake, officials said. No one was hurt and damage to the restaurant was minor.
Pedro Garza, 19; Joshua Hackey, 19; and Nathaniel Hackey, 21; were arrested Saturday on felony charges of making and discharging a destructive device. The older Hackey is in the Army and his brother is in the Coast Guard, the Polk County Sheriff's Office said.
"One of the guys said they got a bad milkshake, and they played a prank on them," sheriff's Maj. Sammy Taylor said.
Investigators say the men mixed toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil in a plastic soda bottle as they sat at a table Friday evening near the restaurant's restrooms.
They then capped the bottle, put it on the table and left before it exploded at 10:45 p.m. Friday.
A customer was sitting 10 feet away, but wasn't hit by the splashing chemicals.
"The toilet bowl cleaner has an acid base," Taylor said. "It can burn your skin and put your eyes out."
The three were identified from a surveillance video, investigators said.
Marla Baine, the Hackeys' older sister, said they did not think about the consequences of their action and now regret them.
"It's a stupid prank, and they weren't thinking," she said. "I've had calls from them already, and they said they wish they could turn back the hands of time."
Baine said her brothers are "two good kids," who had never been in trouble with the law.
"Nathan said he's ready to face what's coming to him," she said. "Maybe they'll be made examples, and people won't do this type of thing."
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DALTON, Ga. (AP) — Robert Holcomb had a pretty sharp grudge against local police, and now he's accused of criminal damage for allegedly throwing nails on the roads in front of the police station and jail for more than six months.
Holcomb, dubbed "The Mad Tacker" by police, is blamed for flattening tires of at least seven sheriff's patrol cars and seven personal vehicles of Whitfield County 911 Center employees.
"Sooner or later he got just about everybody coming and going," said sheriff's Maj. John Gibson.
Holcomb, 35, was arrested after an officer spotted him dumping nails on a street near the county jail.
The officer pulled over Holcomb's 1995 Chevrolet Z71 (search). During a search, authorities found two boxes of galvanized roofing nails, one box of aluminum siding nails and a bowl containing roofing nails.
He was charged with first-degree criminal damage to property, three counts of damaging government property, two counts of first-degree criminal trespass, three counts of littering and 14 counts of interference with government property.
He was being held in jail Monday with a $35,000 bond. It was Holcomb's first arrest, Gibson said.
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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — A would-be robber ran into a pack of trouble when he tried to hold up a gas station in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Police say the cashier — a 62-year-old woman — chased the man away by hurling cartons of cigarettes at him.
The bandit entered the Texaco station early yesterday with a T-shirt over his head and a silver pen in his hand.
Police say he demanded the cashier open the cash register, saying, "I don't want to have to kill you." She responded by throwing cartons of cigarettes at the man until he ran off.
Police later determined that the same man had robbed another convenience store in Allentown.
LEADINGTON, Mo. (AP) — Ralph Heine figured his knee was shot. At age 86, he thought his balky joint was just a sign of old age.
Turns out he was carrying a souvenir from World War II for nearly six decades: A bullet to the knee.
During a recent medical exam of a problematic hip and knee, X-rays revealed a bullet that had eluded detection since Heine was shot by German soldiers in early 1945.
Heine was serving with the 42nd Rainbow Division in the Alsace (search) region of France. He recalled his story during a weekend event in the eastern Missouri town of Leadington to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action.
"I got shot in the shoulder, and when I went down they shot me again in the leg. I thought that bullet only grazed me," he said. "I didn't think it went in."
After being wounded, Heine was taken prisoner by German troops and spent several weeks in a hospital. He was transferred from one prisoner of war camp to another over four months, and was in one near Munich when finally liberated by Allied troops.
Compiled by FOXNews.com's Paul Wagenseil.
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