Motorcycle clocked doing 120 mph in Hampton, police use aircraft to patrol I-95

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HAMPTON — A 19-year-old man from Massachusetts was arrested following an incident in Hampton yesterday.

Police say they initiated a traffic enforcement initiative utilizing the state police aircraft, identifying 67 motor vehicle violations on I-95.

During the operation, troopers identified a total of 67 violations, including 6 vehicles traveling over 100 miles-per-hour, and 24 vehicles traveling over 90 miles-per-hour.

The operation was conducted in response to the increasing number of traffic violations and crashes on New Hampshire highways.

The use of state police aircraft allowed troopers to effectively monitor and enforce traffic laws from above, resulting in a significant reduction in reckless driving and other dangerous behaviors.

During the enforcement effort, a 2009 Honda CBR600 operated by Salim Castro, of Revere, MA, was originally clocked at 94 miles-per-hour.

When Lieutenant Christopher Storm attempted to stop Castro, he then fled, traveling more than 120 miles-per-hour.

Lieutenant Storm directed the state police aircraft to follow the motorcycle and Castro continued onto Route 101 west.

Trooper Thomas Lombardi in the State Police aircraft monitored Castro for several miles until he exited Route 101 at exit 8.

Trooper Lombardi informed troopers that Castro had entered the parking lot of New England Dragway, where a large event was taking place.

Trooper Lombardi directed troopers and officers from the Brentwood and Epping Police Departments to Castro, where he was taken into custody.

He was brought to the Epping Police Department where he was charged with reckless driving, reckless conduct, disobeying an officer, resisting arrest, operating without a motorcycle endorsement, unregistered motor vehicle, and failure to display registration.

He was released and is due to appear in court on June 27.

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