HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A motorcycle rider is taunting law enforcement officers in northwest Harris County and trying to bait them into starting a chase, and now authorities are asking for your help identifying him before things take a dangerous turn.
The rider has provoked officers with the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office at least three times in the past couple of months, Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman said.
The latest confrontation happened early Friday morning in the 18000 block of Stuebner Airline.
Herman says the motorcyclist pulled up to a patrol car, kicked it several times and then sped off, running a red light. An officer followed the rider for a little while but then called off the chase as they reached Louetta. That's when the motorcyclist made a U-turn and charged at the officer going 170 miles per hour.
"We need to get him identified, we need to get him off the streets," Herman said. "Traveling that fast, it's just a matter of time before some innocent family is going to be driving down the road, pull out in front of this guy. The speeds are just totally too dangerous to be on our public roadways."
Herman said in previous instances, the rider even popped wheelies to provoke officers.
"It's obvious he's trying to bait us into a chase but we're not going for it," Herman said. "He's putting the public at risk, he's putting officers at risk. He needs to be taken off the streets and we need your help."
Authorities believe the motorcyclist lives in northwest Harris County, and though he's wearing a helmet, Herman is hoping someone may recognize him or his sport bike.
If he's arrested, the rider would face felony evading arrest charges.
Anyone with information should call the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office at 281-376-3472.
Pct. 4 searching for dangerous motorcyclist provoking officers in NW Harris County