SAN TAN VALLEY, Ariz. (The Blaze/AP) - A Tempe man is hospitalized in extremely critical condition after his motorcycle ran into a light pole at nearly 160 mph in the central Arizona town of San Tan Valley.
Pinal County authorities say 19-year-old Noe Calazo was airlifted to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Medical Center after the crash early Sunday.
The motorcyclist sped past a county sheriff's deputy at 2:05 a.m. on a road where the posted speed limit is 45 mph. The deputy's radar gun clocked Calazo's motorcycle at 157 mph.
Before a pursuit could begin, authorities say Calazo had crashed four miles away, hitting the concrete base of a traffic light pole.
"The motorcycle was nearly disintegrated on impact and Calazo flew an additional 104 feet through the air before striking the ground," Tim Gaffney of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Deputies say Calazo was driving on a revoked license. If he survives, authorities say he'll be facing charges of aggravated DUI, reckless driving and criminal speed.