High speed chase with motorcycle sends rider to hospital
Shortly after midnight on Sunday a Hoquiam Officer saw a Harley Davidson motorcycle leave a tavern parking lot on Myrtle Street. In front of the motorcycle was a smaller vehicle which was traveling slowly across Simpson. The motorcycle passed the vehicle and continued southbound on Myrtle. The officer estimated the speed at about 50 MPH in a 25 MPH speed zone.
The officer attempted to pull the motorcycle over. The rider stopped at the stop sign at Myrtle and Industrial before speeding off. The officer could not catch up to the fleeing motorcycle and lost sight of it as it rounded the corner onto Bay Avenue.
As the officer rounded the corner onto Bay he saw the motorcycle lying on its side on the north side of the street. The driver had been ejected from the motorcycle after it had struck the curb and was thrown through a wood fence then struck a residence in the 2800 block of Bay Avenue.
Aid was immediately summoned and the driver was taken to the hospital and released later with minor injuries.
The driver was booked into the county jail for DUI and Felony Eluding. The motorcycle was a total loss.
There was no damage to the residence the driver hit but the fence sustained several hundred dollars damage.