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Troopers: Marine arrested after high-speed motorcycle chase

Posted April 25, 2011

State troopers arrested a 19-year-old Marine Sunday night after he led authorities on a high-speed motorcycle chase through Johnston and Sampson counties, according to Trooper C. J. Bell.

Around 9:15 p.m., a trooper clocked a motorcycle going 144 mph on Interstate 40 East around mile marker 331 near Meadow.

After leading authorities on a chase for 12 miles, Tyler Hepps stopped the motorcycle and surrendered, troopers said.

Hepps, 19, of Raleigh, was charged with felony speeding to elude, driving 144 mph in a 70 mph zone, running a stop sign, no motorcycle endorsement and reckless driving. No one was injured.

Hepps is a Marine from New River Air Station.


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  • kodac31 Apr 28, 2011

    Good Job Trooper! That guy deserved a trip to the slammer.

  • staceylshields Apr 27, 2011

    I am sure we all agree that Tyler made a bad choice. All humans make bad choices at one time or another. I am sure he realizes that people could have been hurt, himself included. I am glad to see that he has a supportive and loving family and friends to be there for him as he deals with the emotions and consequences of his decision. He is very lucky that the consequences will be his and his alone. I would trust him as a Marine any day and thank him for his service. As a parent I would Thank God for helping my Son grow up and be there for him to talk through this and pray that he did indeed learn a lesson that every young Man must learn. Taking responsibility for bad decisions is one of the hardest lessons of growing up and being a Marine/Dad/Friend/Brother etc.. I do believe Tyler has taken responsibility and good for him. That decision is a much harder one then giving in to the thrill of speed was. I challenge all you people commenting to find some kindness and if you have ch

  • firewalker227 Apr 26, 2011

    Im 19 and went to school with him yeah he made a mistake get over it. All y'all look at the mistakes you made. Good Luck Tyler. You and your unit is in my prayers....

  • Aaaarrrggghhh Apr 25, 2011

    "Showoffs on these crotch rockets are worst than drunk drivers."

    How so? Have you ever known a motorist who was killed or seriously hurt by a speeding motorcyclist? I didn't think so. But most everyone knows someone who has been hurt or killed by a drunk driver.

    Actually after serving 26 years in the military myself, I have known 2 motorists who have died as a result of their car being hit by a speeding motorcycle, 3 speeding motorcyclists who were killed, and a friend and his female passenger who was both killed by her boyfriend doing 140 in a 45. All crotch rockets. So if you didn't think so...sorry. You were wrong.

  • bombayrunner Apr 25, 2011

    All if this depends on his standing in the military. Is he a good Marine? that we will only know when either they keep him or kick him out. But one oops shouldn't torpedo his whole life. He stopped for crying outloud.

  • Shelley Cooper Apr 25, 2011

    there shouldn't be a speeding to elude charge

    took 12 miles and 5 minutes to slow down

  • jenks23 Apr 25, 2011

    As far as his dad stating he will be serving in Afghanistan next month while other's are posting comments online, DON'T COUNT on it Dad. He's going to be lucky if he doesn't get demoted AND get put in the brig. jdlott74
    Well I have served in the AF for almost 23 yrs now (in the Law Enforcement career field) & was an Civilian LEO in NC for a little over a year. What he did was criminal, no doubt about it! I also am about 100% certain the supposed Trooper comments (that are no longer on here) were NOT from the Trooper! However his dad did not say he would be in Afghanistan next month, he said next year which is not close to beyond belief. he most certainly will be punished by the USMC but there is now way he will go to the Military Brigg! He will at most get an Article 15 but most likely a reprimand, reduction in rank & perhaps a fine.

  • lma1973 Apr 25, 2011

    Bike must be weak. I had mine up to 181 the other day on 540.

  • ncguy Apr 25, 2011

    at least he was smart enough not to kill himself trying to run.

    He will get a light slap on the wristy especially since he is an enlisted man

  • Bartmeister Apr 25, 2011

    Last comment, this dog has been beaten too hard. I travel I-40 twice a week from Raleigh to Wilmington. Very familiar with that area and stretch of road. He could have turned around and headed toward I-95 in short order. He could have exited on 95, either direction, kept straight, taken any number of exits, but he decided to pull over. Says a lot to me about the Marine. If you've never been fast on a bike, you can't imagine the rush you get from the speed. The feeling of the speed, looking down and the dotted line appears solid, cheating the odds of not crashing................. Good timez............