COVINGTON - Two men are facing charges of speeding, reckless driving and fleeing or attempting to elude a law enforcement officer after they allegedly led authorities on a chase with speeds reaching 120 mph through two counties Sunday morning.
Newton County Sheriff's Office Deputy John Redlinger was traveling eastbound on Ga. Highway 20 near the intersection of Butler Bridge Road shortly before noon when he clocked two motorcycles traveling at a high rate of speed, he said in an incident report.
Redlinger then turned his patrol unit around and attempted to pull the drivers over, at which point one of the suspects, identified as Dustin Chad Kinchen, 27, of 200 Fairview Chase, reportedly looked back at the deputy and sped away.
The deputy continued to chase the two suspects, who were reportedly weaving in and out of traffic and passing cars on double yellow lines through curves, according to the NCSO incident report.
Redlinger eventually caught up to Kinchen's motorcycle, a black, 2007 Suzuki GSXR 600, in traffic and the suspect pulled over, but the deputy continued to chase the other motorcycle into Henry County.
The other suspect, Brian Leslie Young, 31, of 95 Luke Lane, also became stuck in traffic and upon realizing he had no where else to go, pulled over in front of a church, Redlinger said.
Young told the deputy that he was "sorry" and characterized his actions as "stupid." He said he stopped after he looked down at the speed on his red, 2004 Honda CBR 600, and noticed that he was going 120 mph, according to the NCSO report.
Kinchen, who had initially stopped his motorcycle about 0.3 of a mile behind Redlinger's location for a brief period, allegedly took off again and was later stopped by a Georgia State Patrol trooper near Kellytown Road and taken into custody.