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Forum staff reports, Published August 27 2010

Moorhead motorcyclist charged after being clocked at 112 mph

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man faces charges in Clay County District Court after a state trooper clocked him going 112 mph on a motorcycle.

According to a court complaint:

A Minnesota State Patrol trooper spotted three motorcycle riders passing other traffic on Interstate 94 at a high rate of speed Wednesday evening.

The trooper’s radar clocked the bikes at 112 mph.

When the motorcyclists took the off-ramp to Highway 9 into Barnesville, the trooper activated his lights and sirens to stop the riders, but they looked back at the squad and accelerated away.

The trooper could not keep up, but two of the motorcycles pulled over in Barnesville when a police officer positioned his patrol car to stop them.

One of the riders provided the name of the motorcyclist who did not stop and a sheriff’s deputy went to the home of the suspect’s mother.

While there, he heard a motorcycle on a nearby road and when he went to investigate, he spotted a man matching the suspect’s description run into a wooded area.

The deputy shouted for the man to come out and he did so with his hands over his head.

The suspect, identified as Damian Moses Maasjo, 20, faces a charge of fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and a count of reckless driving/racing.