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Motorcycle stunt driver faces reckless driving charge

ALBANY, Ga. -- Posting dangerous motorcycle stunt videos on the website youtube.com led to the arrest of a Lee County man Thursday.

Arrested on Thursday at his Lee County home, Michael Logan Duke, 20, made $7,000 bail Friday and was being processed out of the Dougherty County Jail at 4 p.m., a jail spokeswoman said.

Duke was charged with six counts of reckless driving and a count of driving with a suspended license, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office Capt. Craig Dodd said.

"We started tracking him and a club called 'Georgia Street Runnerz' about nine months ago after we got information about the videos of dangerous driving stunts on the Internet," Dodd said. "We identified him from his custom bike design. We subpoenaed video and information from Yahoo, Mediacom and YouTube."

The videos show Duke and others pulling wheelies at speeds of more than 70 mph and weaving through traffic on the Liberty Expressway, Dodd said.

"He stood on his bike's seat at those speeds," Dodd said. "He could lose control of his bike at any time. It endangers other drivers on the road."

Particularly troublesome is the effect that seeing the reckless driving on the Internet has on younger people, Sheriff Kevin Sproul said.

"I was speaking at Darton's graduation (Thursday) when a teen approached me and said he saw nothing wrong with it. He said it was what they do for excitement," Sproul said. "I had to explain to him how it could endanger and possibly kill another driver."

Parents should check into what their children are doing with high-performance motorcycles, Sproul said, adding they should check into why their children need the high-performance motorcycle and what they do with it when they get it.

Sproul said he plans to arrest others who have their videos posted on the Internet. The videos featuring Duke were taken off youtube after Duke's arrest. Information on who took the videos down was unavailable.

Stunt drivers have been identified from youtube on roads in Dougherty, Lee, Baker and possibly Terrell counties, Dodd said.

Anyone with information on the motorcycle club Georgia Street Runnerz, or who recognizes bike riders in videos showing stunts on local roads, is asked to call the sheriff's office at (229) 431-3222.