Update: Motorcyclist Clocked at 158mph Faces Judge

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

20-year-old Jonathan D. Goodburn appeared in Douglas County court Tuesday morning.

He was arrested following a 32 mile pursuit in which he was clocked at speeds as high as 158 miles per hour.

Omaha's police helicopter followed Goodburn until he stopped near Cunningham Lake.

He's charged with operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, in addition to other charges.

Judge Craig McDermott released Goodburn on his own recognizance due to the fact that he has no criminal record, with the exception of a misdemeanor for dealing tobacco.

The judge, after telling Goodburn he would not lecture him, did note that the defendant's actions were "not very smart." He also said told Goodburn that what he did was "extremely dangerous, not only to yourself, but to everyone else around you."

Chris Goodburn, the defendant's mother, told Channel 6 News after court that her son made a "stupid mistake." She said once he got going, he just didn't know how to stop the pursuit.

He will remain free until his preliminary hearing at the end of the month, on the conditions that he not ride on or operate a motorcycle and that he remain within 10 miles of the county boundary.

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