Sebastian motorcyclist leads police on a 110 mph chase

Michael Anthony Rivera
Michael Anthony Rivera

A motorcyclist led deputies on a chase at speeds of 110 mph through Sebastian, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

On Monday, at approximately 6:50 p.m., a deputy responded to an area on U.S. Highway in Sebastian about a reckless driver.

Soon after, another deputy “observed a sportbike style motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed” eastbound on Sebastian Blvd (CR-512). The deputy’s radar displayed a speed of 110 mph in a posted speed limit of 45 mph.

The driver rapidly accelerated, and a chase began involving law enforcement. The driver led the chase onto High Street, then circled back onto CR-512 before traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 1.

Another deputy, who was stationary near the Sebastian’s Roadhouse Restaurant, said the motorcycle was traveling more than 100 mph.

I could hear the motorcycle approaching before I could see it, indicating it was traveling at excessive speeds,” the deputy said. Radar recorded a speed of 107 mph, the report said.

The driver then turned onto Old Dixie Highway before turning eastbound onto CR-512. The driver then disregarded traffic and ran a red light at the corner of CR-512 and U.S. Highway 1, leading law enforcement northbound, according to the affidavit.

Observed the suspect vehicle again disregard a steady red traffic control signal at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Main Street, turning westbound,” a deputy said in the affidavit.

A short time later, officers with the Sebastian Police Department joined the chase and found the motorcycle stopped on the side of the road near the intersection of Columbus Street and Orange Avenue. 

Police made contact with the driver, identified as 27-year-old Anthony Michael Rivera, of Sebastian, with a revoked driver’s license for felony motor vehicle use. He also did not have a motorcycle endorsement.

The 2005 Suzuki GSX sports bike Rivera was driving did not have a license plate. Rivera admitted he did not register the motorcycle and then requested an attorney.

How the fu** did you guys find me,” Rivera asked, the affidavit said.

Rivera was arrested and charged with reckless driving, driving while license was revoked, failing to register a motor vehicle, and no motorcycle endorsement. 

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Andy Hodges was born in Annapolis, Maryland and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Andy has been a radio & TV personality since the 1980s. He has worked for WLIZ, WFLX-FOX 29, WIRK, WIXI, WKSY, WRMF, and WJNO to name a few. After spending 7 years in Atlanta, Georgia during the 1990s, Andy returned to Florida and settled in the small town of Sebastian in 2000. In 2005, he returned to the broadcasting news sector and eventually joined our news team in 2016 as editor in chief. Andy's family has lived in Sebastian for more than 45 years.