Nathan Sanders, 20, and Carlton Jamison, 23, both stationed at Fort Polk, are lucky to be alive this morning and should be happy their trip last night was to the Vernon Parish Sheriff’s Office instead of the morgue.
Spotted by a Louisiana State Trooper who was patrolling Vernon Parish, the motorcycles were clocked exceeding the speed limit by some 20 m.p.h. on state La. Highway 8. When the drivers knew they had been picked up on radar, they both accelerated to 120 m.p.h. and headed for the gates Fort Polk.
In spite of hitting 159 m.p.h, the Soldiers weren't able to outrun the radio communications of law enforcement who had the forethought to notify post security who closed the entrance gates.
Sanders was charged with flight from an officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, no driver’s license on person, and speeding (159 mph).
Jamison was charged with flight from an officer, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and speeding (142 mph).
Both Soldiers, no ranks listed, were riding Yamaha sport bikes; it is unknown if they were wearing helmets. Alcohol was not listed on the police report as being a factor in this extreme speeding event.
Examiner’s Note: It’s the mentality and lack of common sense of these two Soldiers that prove why we lose more young warfighters on the streets than we do in battle.
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