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Tuesday, October 24, 2006Motorcyclist leads officers on high-speed chase
Pursuit reaches 120 mph and ends when bike crashes.
By KIMBERLY EDDS
The Orange County Register
A motorcyclist who led police on a brief chase at more than 120 mph skidded out of control and crashed near the corner of Sycamore and Newport avenues in Tustin this afternoon.
A California Highway Patrol officer tried to stop the dark-colored motorcycle on the southbound Costa Mesa (55) Freeway near Chapman Avenue about 12:58 p.m., said CHP dispatcher Dave Clark, but the motorcyclist sped off.
Weaving in and out of traffic at breakneck speed, the motorcyclist briefly lost the officer at the junction of the Costa Mesa (55) and Santa Ana (I-5) freeways.
Police caught up with the man six minutes later as he exited the freeway in Tustin and wound his way around Walnut Avenue, crashing at Sycamore and Newport avenues, Clark said.
The man, who has not been identified, was arrested on suspicion of evading arrest and taken to Orange County Jail. He was wearing a blue helmet.
END OF THE ROAD: California Highway Patrol officers, at left, with the assistance of Tustin police, arrest a man who attempted to evade police on his motorcycle.