Motorcycle leads CHP on chase, crashes into car

January 22, 2011 4:30:37 PM PST
A motorcyclist led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase near Petaluma Saturday afternoon before crashing into the back of another vehicle, a CHP sergeant said.

The pursuit started at about 1:30 p.m. on state Highway 116 near McDowell Boulevard in Petaluma, where a CHP officer tried to pull over the motorcyclist for speeding, Acting Sgt. David Derczo said.

The motorcyclist, a man in his late 20s, did not stop and sped away on his street racer-style bike, Derczo said.

The pursuit continued out of Petaluma city limits and onto Bodega Avenue at speeds higher than 90 mph, Derczo said.

At one point CHP officers lost sight of the motorcycle and the pursuit was briefly discontinued. Other officers spotted the vehicle again though as it approached a U.S. Coast Guard training center, he said.

As the motorcyclist approached the base, located near Bodega Avenue and Spring Hill Road, he apparently misjudged the speed of the car in front of him and crashed into the back of it, Derczo said.

The motorcyclist suffered minor to moderate injuries and was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, according to Derczo.

A man and woman in their 60s who were in the other car, a Toyota Corolla, suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Petaluma Valley Hospital, he said.