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Novato Motorcyclist Faces Reckless Driving Charge

Swerving Suzuki rider detained at Pan Toll Road on Friday afternoon after CHP airplane spots him hitting 80 mph.

A 57-year-old Novato man was arrested Friday afternoon in the hills above Mill Valley and faces a count of reckless driving after he was observed swerving past cars and hitting 80 mph on West Marin roads, the California Highway Patrol said.

At 2:01 p.m. Friday, a CHP airplane was on patrol over Highway 1 near Stinson Beach when it spotted a motorcycle riding southbound at high speed, according to Sgt. Marcus Bartholomew. The rider was seen passing cars across double-yellow lines on curvy stretches of the road.

CHP ground units tried to get into position to intercept the rider, but he changed course because of heavy traffic in a construction zone. The rider turned around and headed north on Highway 1 to Panoramic Highway, continuing to drive recklessly and change its direction for unknown reasons, Bartholomew said.

A CHP patrol vehicle stopped near Pan Toll Road and waited as the CHP aircraft gave updates on the motorcycle's location. The rider drove eastbound on Panoramic toward  the waiting officer and a second road unit from Highway 1 was a few seconds behind the motorcycle. Both units met the motorcyclist on Panoramic Highway and stopped him eastbound at Pan Toll Road.

Joseph Peulen was placed under arrest on suspicion of reckless driving at 2:25 p.m.  His 2006 Suzuki GSXR 1000 was impounded and Peulen was booked into the Marin County Jail without incident.

Kerry Sabbie May 28, 2012 at 05:23 AM
Southern Marin Snobs sticking their nose in the air...those who throw stones oftem project their own thoughts on themselves on others.
NovatoGuy May 28, 2012 at 03:05 PM
What a jerk. Hope he enjoys jail.
Tina McMillan May 29, 2012 at 03:46 AM
http://www.marinij.com/ci_20718268/chp-air-ground-units-nab-reckless-motorcyclist-mount?source=most_viewed CHP air, ground units nab suspected reckless motorcyclist on Mount Tamalpais By Paul Liberatore Marin Independent Journal "The motorcyclist, Joseph Peulen, 57, of Novato, was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and booked into Marin County Jail. His 2006 Suzuki GSXR 1000 was impounded." Wow, you've got to wonder why someone would need to get this kind of attention in this manner. The motorcycle alone costs $11,000. It doesn't matter what town you come from; entitlement is a problem everywhere. Thank God no one died due to his reckless behavior. It will be interesting to see if he keeps his license.
Shonni Tidwell June 01, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Hey why don't you stop cutting each other down and thank the CHP for catching this guy. and be glad no one was injured or killed by him.
marie Borders June 01, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Thanks for the silver lining, Shonni!

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