According to Florida court records, the motorcyclist who led cops on a high-speed chase because he was "trying to show off" for a female passenger with whom he was on a first date has pleaded guilty to a felony charge and will serve two months in jail.
Taylor Beverly, a 23-year-old Tampa resident, pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of fleeing or eluding in connection with the chase last year. A judge suspended Beverly's driver's license for a year and ordered him to pay $700 in fines and court costs, in addition to his incarceration.
Beverly ran a red light in front of a police car, prompting police to pursue his 2017 Suzuki, which weaved in and out of traffic while running additional lights and traveling at "well over 100 mph," according to an arrest affidavit.
Beverly's passenger later told police that she was "screaming at him to stop, but he refused." A cop mentioned Beverly and the woman, saying, "This was their first date."
Beverly confessed after being apprehended at an intersection, saying he was "trying to show off for his date."
Beverly, who works for a roofing company, has previously been convicted of grand theft, cocaine possession, passing a bad check, and probation violation, according to court records. Beverly was cited for reckless driving and driving an unregistered vehicle following a motorcycle accident in 2019.
Beverly was arrested in April on suspicion of slapping and strangling an ex-girlfriend, but prosecutors dropped felony and misdemeanor charges after the victim "requested this case not be prosecuted," according to a court filing.