Man crashes motorcycle after police chase

A police chase ended with a motorcyclist crashing on Leonard Street in Grand Rapids. (Aug. 27, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – A motorcyclist crashed Wednesday on Grand Rapids’ northwest side after leading a Michigan State Police trooper on a 3-mile chase, according to a MSP news release.

The pursuit began in the northbound lanes of US-131 near Burton Street in Grand Rapids after the trooper spotted the motorcyclist, who is a 20-year-old man from Wyoming, speeding, police said. The trooper attempted to pull over the man near Leonard Street and US-131, but he refused to stop.

The motorcyclist continued to flee from the trooper at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour and ran several red lights on surface streets in heavy traffic, police said. The trooper eventually called of the chase after losing sight of the man.

MSP said it was some time later that the motorcyclist crashed into a car on Leonard Street NW near Broadway Avenue NW.

A witness told 24 Hour News 8 the man was thrown from his motorcycle and landed in an alley.

Police said he was taken to an area hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The other driver wasn’t hurt.

The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet when he crashed.

MSP said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the wreck.


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