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Judge finds motorcyclist guilty of speeding and tailgating

By Staff | Oct 5, 2010

A judge has ruled that a Muncy-area man drove his motorcycle at unsafe speeds with a passenger aboard and followed a truck too closely.

Aaron Kessler, 18, of 1874 Route 405, was found guilty by county Judge Richard A. Gray in a one-day trial Monday.

Gray found him not guilty of fleeing and eluding police and reckless endangerment charges, all of which were filed by Hughesville police.

Kessler and his passenger, Nicholas Lomison, testified they didn’t see a borough police officer’s emergency lights or hear the siren.

The officer testified he clocked the motorcycle at top speeds of between 90 mph and 120 mph.

Kessler drove away from a store parking lot in Hughesville on the motorcycle shortly after 11 p.m. Nov. 18, 2009. He drove east on Route 118 and, because it was a cold November night, the officer said he decided to check it out. When he crossed a bridge over Muncy Creek, the officer said he activated his lights, but Kessler drove around a truck he was following. The officer pursued him into Moreland Township.

Kessler, who had a prior similar charge, is serving in the military.

His defense attorney, John A. Smay, said that was justification why his client wouldn’t have fled or tried to elude police.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Paul Petcavage.

“He gets his driver’s license suspended,” Petcavage said. “He can certainly appeal the decision.”