Motorcycle driver flees deputies; driver fakes temporary license plate


Motorists sometimes go to great lengths to keep from being identified and pulled over by police.

It almost never works.

According to reports, a motorcyclist escaped from law enforcement during a chase but turned himself in a few days later to face a number of charges after he was positively identified and faces warrants for his arrest.

The short pursuit took place April 23 and began in a parking lot in the area of Hwy. 54 and Yorktown Drive, at which time the suspect successfully eluded deputies from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies had tried to pull him over because he had no tag on his motorcycle.

They returned to the business where he was first seen, and through inquiries with witnesses and surveillance video they were able to make a positive identification and obtain arrest warrants. He turned himself in on April 28.

Bryan Kitchens, 28, of Jonesboro is charged with a felony count of fleeing or attempting to elude. Other charges include obstruction of an officer, no proof of insurance, speeding, obedience to traffic control device, stop sign violation, reckless driving, failure yield from driveway, and expired/no license plate/decal.

Another motorist who attempted to conceal her identity while driving was taken into custody this week as well. A report indicated that deputies pulled over the suspect the morning of April 29 near Jeff Davis Drive and Johnson Avenue because a tail light was not working.

The vehicle had a temporary license plate, and when deputies ran the plate number it came back as belonging to a different vehicle. The registration on the actual vehicle that was stopped was suspended, and the driver had no insurance.

During the investigation, the suspect admitted that she made up the vehicle registration number and created a fictitious license plate to conceal her identity.

Katrea Bailey, 45, of Decatur was arrested and charged with a felony count of forgery in the first degree due to the fake license plate. Other charges include using a license plate to conceal ID, tail light violation and no proof of insurance.