Pasadena Police Officer Injured in Motorcycle Chase

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A Deer Park resident is in hot water after leading Pasadena police on a high-speed motorcycle chase that led to one officer sustaining minor injuries.  Not only did he speed away from police, but he was also charged with failing to stop and render aid to the injured officer.

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The motorcycle rider, an unidentified 21 year old, was spotted speeding and weaving in and out of traffic near Center Street and Red Bluff Road.  Pasadena police were unable to catch up with the man, so two motorcycle units had to be sent to Genoa-Red Bluff and Red Bluff to catch the suspect.

When they turned on their lights to apprehend the rider, he sped up near Kirby and Red Bluff, and as a result one of the motorcycle police officers crashed.  He was taken to St. John’s Hospital for observation, and his injuries were not serious and he is expected to fully recover.

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Police did not see the motorcycle rider’s license plate, but continued to look for the rider.  About 20 minutes after the police officer was injured the suspect called the police department claiming that his license plate had been stolen.  When police responded to the call, the man from Deer Park confessed to being the rogue rider.  He sped away from police, he claimed, because he did not have liability insurance.

It is fortunate that nobody else was hurt in this incident.  High-speed motorcyclists and police chases are both very dangerous for other road users, and a pedestrian, car driver, bicyclist or other individual could have been seriously hurt or killed.

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