It’s not precisely clear, but one day this past spring may have been a record-setter in the city of Roanoke.
It was May 21, a warm and clear Tuesday. A little after 6 p.m., Joseph Dailey, 27, decided to head out for a spin on his motorcycle. The previous few days had been rainy, the Florida native recalled, and he was itching for a ride.
The restaurant worker lives in the Tanglewood area and he aimed his bike for Valley View Mall. As Dailey headed north on U.S. 220/I-581, he twisted open his throttle. The 2009 Yamaha jumped from 55 (the speed limit) to 65 then 75 and 85 mph
As the speedometer passed 100, Dailey kept twisting. The bike hit 110, then 120 and the speed kept climbing.
“I was just out joy riding — a need for speed — and I had a pretty good opening in traffic,” the ex-motocross racer told me Tuesday.
This is the tail end of rush hour, mind you, on a busy, six-lane highway that bisects a city of about 100,000 people, in a valley of almost 300,000. Soon, the bike was up to 130 mph. That’s when the cops got him.
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