Motorcyclist injured fleeing CHP

October 3, 2008 12:58:46 PM PDT
A motorcyclist was injured this morning when he crashed while fleeing a California Highway Patrol officer who was trying to stop him for speeding on U.S. Highway 101 near Healdsburg.

CHP Officer Juan Leon said the male rider crashed his 1999 Yamaha on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in a construction zone south of Zanzi Lane. Caltrans is replacing concrete slabs in the right lane of the highway in that area and it's uncertain if any workers were present at the time, Leon said.

The motorcyclist was ejected and tried to get back on his motorcycle but was arrested by the pursuing CHP officer, Leon said. The motorcyclist was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital and his injuries are not life threatening, Leon said.

The CHP officer tried to stop the motorcyclist for speeding around 9:10 a.m. on northbound U.S. Highway 101 north of Old Redwood Highway, Leon said.

The motorcyclist failed to yield and drove as fast as 100 mph during the pursuit, Leon said.

The motorcycle rider took the Citrus Fair Drive off-ramp in Cloverdale and then drove south on the highway. When he entered the construction zone area in the coned-off right lane, the CHP officer discontinued the pursuit but saw the motorcycle rider crash and try to get back on his bike, Leon said. He then took the rider into custody, Leon said.

The identity of the motorcycle rider and the CHP officer have not been released, Leon said.


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