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The Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Blotter

Recent motorcycle incidents in the Northwest. Pictures whenever possible.


11/09/14 - No gear, no speed, no problem?

McMinnville, OR - A 25-year-old woman was killed about 8 p.m. Sunday when the motorcycle she was operating crashed into the back of a legally parked 1988 GMC pickup on Southeast Millwright Avenue, south of Naomi Way, according to McMinnville police. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police identified the victim as Reshelle Kair, 25, with an unknown address. The motorcycle belonged to her boyfriend, James Nash, 33, of McMinnville. He was a passenger and was not injured.The motorcycle, a 2015 KTM350, was traveling northbound on Millwright when the front wheel came off the ground, sending the cycle out of control. The front wheel was still off the ground when the motorcycle impacted the pickup.Neither Kair nor Nash were wearing helmets or any other type of safety gear. Both riders might have consumed alcohol prior to the crash. It's not believed speed was a factor.

9/24/14 - Everyone has a camera now!

MERIDIAN, Id — The Meridian Police Department disciplined a motorcycle officer who was videoed speeding past another motorcyclist in the same lane in late August. The department said in a press release Wednesday that the officer was in pursuit of a vehicle that committed a traffic violation in a construction zone, but the officer did not pursue the traffic violator safely. “The officer’s actions were outside of the expectations of the Meridian Police Department and he has received discipline for this lapse in judgment,” the press release said. The officer was videoed by Jeff Milenoff speeding past a motorcyclist in the same lane on Interstate 84 near the Eagle Exit. Milenoff posted the video to YouTube Aug. 30 and sent the video to the Meridian Police. The department did not say what discipline the officer received because it is prohibited by state law to disclose a personnel matter such as this. Meridian Deputy Police Chief Tracy Basterrechea told the Meridian Press in a Sept. 4 article that the motorcycle officer disciplined was an “exemplary officer” and that Basterrechea did not think the officer had any disciplinary issues in the past.

7/15/14

(SNOHOMISH CO, Wa) The Washington State Patrol says Westmoreland is in custody at Havorview Medical Center in Seattle, likely with injuries suffered in Monday’s crash. Troopers will guard him until he healthy enough to be booked into the Snohomish Coutny Jail Original post: Seattle police have arrested a man suspected of crashing a stolen motorcycle before carjacking a car in Everett on Monday. Police said William J. Westmoreland, 38, of Stanwood, was arrested a short time ago in the north part of the city. Additional details were not immediately known. The Washington State Patrol said Westmoreland was speeding south on Interstate 5 in Everett around 3 p.m. Monday when he rear-ended a car south of 112th Street Southeast and was ejected off a Honda motorcycle. Troopers said a few drivers stopped and came to Westmoreland’s aid, including one woman whom he wrestled with in an attempt to steal her car, with two children in the back seat. The woman fought him off, and he sprinted west from I-5, according to Trooper Mark Francis. Westmoreland allegedly assaulted another passer-by who witnessed the event. Francis said Westmoreland continued running west into a residential neighborhood, where he assaulted a third victim and stole a silver Mazda Miata. Troopers recovered the motorcycle and ruled it had been stolen. They also recovered Westmoreland’s identification at the scene.

6/15/14

(BOISE, Idaho) -- A 30-year-old woman is facing criminal charges following an incident Wednesday morning in Boise.

Police say Elizabeth Montandon was arrested after officers observed her run a red light while operating a motorcycle. When police pulled her over, authorities say they smelled the presence of alcohol on her breath.

The suspect was administered sobriety tests, which police say she failed. During her arrest, Montandon allegedly kicked one of the officers in the leg.

Montandon is charged with battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting and obstructing and driving under the influence. She was booked into Ada County Jail on the charges.

Editors note: Doing an image search reveals numerous Ada County mug shots. Looks like she's a regular patron at the big house.

4/30/14

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - A suspected drunk biker crashed into two cars then abandoned his motorcycle on Interstate 5 before walking over a mile to a fire station late Wednesday, the Washington State Patrol reports. State troopers responded to the scene, on I-5 north of Highway 18, at about 11:30 p.m. after receiving reports of two motorcycles driving recklessly. When they arrived, they found a wrecked motorcycle abandoned on the roadway, but the motorcyclist was nowhere to be seen. As troopers and emergency personnel searched for the biker, he walked to a fire station more than a mile away. He sustained minor injuries in the crash. The crash is being investigated as a possible DUI, the State Patrol reported.

3/28/14

Rowena, Ore. — A 27-year-old Yakima man was cited Monday with felony attempting to elude and other charges after a motorcycle accident in Oregon on Sunday.

According to the Oregon State Police, a trooper attempted to stop Kenneth S. Maravelias, who police say was riding a motorcycle recklessly in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 84 near milepost 68 west of Rowena. The state police say Maravelias was going 110 mph in a 65 mph zone.

Police say Maravelias attempted to elude the trooper, who soon lost sight of him east of Mosier, Ore.

According to the state police, the Klickitat County 911 dispatch center received a call from a man who said he was hurt in a motorcycle crash while trying to elude police in Oregon. The call was dropped before the man could give an exact location, police said.

Oregon State Police, with help from the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, checked the area between The Dalles and Mosier for Maravelias, police said.

A state trooper spotted the motorcycle crash near milepost 76 west of the Rowena interchange.

According to police, the bike left the freeway coming out of a sharp left curve and collided with a tree. Maravelias was flown to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland with serious but nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

Police said Maravelias was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

In addition to the eluding charge, Maravelias was also cited for reckless driving, driving without a valid operator license and other traffic violations.

2/26/14 - You meet the nicest people... on a Kawasaki

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A 28-year-old man from Lynwood, Washington is in a Marion County jail after allegedly stealing a motorcycle while its owner had it parked at a gas station in Wilsonville.

Authorities said Jared Lee Hoffman struck up a conversation with the owner of the 2005 Kawasaki motorcycle around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday and asked if he could sit on it. When the owner said yes, Hoffman allegedly sped off toward I-5.

Almost immediately, drivers called 911 about a reckless motorcyclist. About 20 minutes later, OSP troopers spotted Hoffman, but he eluded them and headed south on Highway 99E.

Five minutes later, a pickup truck pulled over to the side of the road when an OSP patrol car with lights-and-siren approached. The motorcyclist slammed into the back of the pickup and was ejected.

Police soon arrived and found Hoffman, who only suffered minor injuries.

He was arrested and now faces multiple charges, including reckless driving, DUI, attempt to elude the police and possession of heroin.

Later, officials said they found a stolen car near the gas station in Wilsonville. They believe Hoffman stole that car and left it there before he allegedly stole the motorcycle.

2/25/14 - Kick a police dog in the head and...

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — A Port Angeles, Wash., police official says a city officer suffered a minor injury and his police dog was kicked in the head as they arrested a motorcycle theft suspect in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains.

Deputy Chief Brian Smith says Officer Lucas Degand suffered a minor hand cut while K-9 Bogey appeared unhurt. The arrested man was treated for dog bites before being booked into jail Sunday night.

31-year-old Joshua Tinker of Spokane made a preliminary appearance Monday in Clallam County Superior Court. He was held on $10,000 bail for investigation of felony eluding, taking a motor vehicle without permission, driving without a license and DUI.

The motorcycle was recovered by the Washington State Patrol and returned to its owner.

1/23/14 - Natural selection in motion

Renton, WA - A 44-year-old man was killed in Renton Thursday morning after crashing a stolen motorcycle while trying to evade state troopers. It happened around 1:20 a.m. on State Route 169. The Washington State Patrol said the motorcycle driver was traveling at high speed and failed to stop for a trooper on SR 169, leading to a pursuit. During the chase, the motorcycle driver diverted onto the Cedar River Trail which parallels the highway. The driver hit a pole, was thrown from his motorcycle and was killed at the scene. WSP said the motorcycle was stolen from Lacey.

1/18/14 - More fuel for Overhuel

Gold Hill, Ore - A 30-year-old motorcyclist was arrested Saturday after reportedly driving down Interstate 5 at 102 mph with a suspended license.

Jason Overhuel also reportedly used all lanes to pass slower traffic and failed to yield to state trooper’s emergency lights before stopping, according to Oregon State Police.

On Friday night, state police stopped to help Overhuel, whose motorcycle had broken down. Overhuel told officers he was waiting for gas, but denied driving the motorcycle. Police learned Overhuel's license was suspended. When help arrived, police warned him not to operate the motorcycle, or he would be cited.

Overhuel was arrested on accusations of reckless driving and cited for driving with a suspended license. His motorcycle was towed and impounded.

The SR! Take: This section of I-5 in Oregon is getting to be a magnet for similar occurances, don't ya think?


1/4/14 Getting expensive

Gold Hill, Ore - A man was arrested Saturday near Gold Hill for weaving in and out of traffic on a motorcycle at more than 100 miles per hour on I-5 southbound. At one point, the motorcyclist passed a car on the inside median, which nearly caused a crash. Patrick Whalen Parks, a 21-year-old from El Sobrante, Calif., was arrested around 1:30 p.m. and taken into custody by state troopers. He was lodged for reckless driving, but also received additional citations for driving uninsured, expired vehicle registration and driving while suspended.


9/17/13 - Up a tree!

Bend, Or - A story that sounds like something out of an old western -- the lawmen following a trail of dust after losing the suspects -- ended Monday when authorities proved that two wheels were no match for a pair of law enforcement authorities determined to get their man.

The case began when an Oregon State Police trooper attempted to stop a motorcycle rider for license and equipment violations after seeing it operated in La Pine near Oregon 97.

The rider, who had a passenger, eluded the trooper and a trooper assigned to the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division. The two troopers ended their pursuit when they lost sight of the bike when it turned onto U.S. Forest Service land. But the bike was traveling on dirt roads and a dirt cloud gave the suspect away.

 The troopers followed a trail of dust left by the motorcycle.

Oregon State Police The troopers, now on foot, followed tire tracks into the woods for about a mile where they found the bike, which had been abandoned. They found footprints.

They followed them right to the base of a tree where they stopped.

Hmm.

Looking up, the troopers said a man and a woman 20 feet off the ground, trying to hide in a hunter's tree stand. Caught, the pair climbed out of the tree. The woman was not arrested. Chris Campbell, 30, of La Pine was accused of felony attempt to elude on a vehicle, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and attempting to elude on foot. He was also citied for numerous traffic violations, including driving with a suspended license.

8/29/13 - Motorcycle thefts spike in Seattle

SEATTLE, Wa - Police are warning several neighborhoods of recent motorcycle thefts, possibly involving three or four people lifting the bikes onto rental trucks. Neighborhood groups in the Fremont, Wallingford and Ballard areas received a memo from Seattle Police, stating: "Thieves are roaming the neighborhoods in the early morning hours using trucks, mostly rental type trucks of the orange and white variety. There are at least three or four working together as they are lifting the bikes up and carrying them to the trucks despite having disc brake locks and other passive type deterrents."

8/24/13 - Careful where you take cover

MADRAS, Ore.  — A Central Oregon man returning from a weekend motorcycle trip through the Columbia Gorge died when he sought refuge from a storm and lightning hit the tree he was leaning against. The storm came up Sunday as the couple headed home to Madras on U.S. 97. They stopped about 20 miles northeast of town. Sheriff Jim Adkins says 49-year-old Connie Hemenway reported seeing a blue light and feeling extreme pain in her arm as she was blown backward from the tree. She was treated in Madras and released.

6/14/13 - Brain damage?

BOISE, Id. — Two Nampa residents were injured this morning when the motorcycle they were riding crashed near downtown. Todd W. Johnson, 47, was guiding a 1997 Honda motorcycle at high speed west on Front Street at the entrance to Interstate 184 near 13th Street at 10:10 a.m., witnesses told an Idaho State Police trooper. Johnson was unable to make a curve and swideswiped a concrete barrier on the right shoulder between 13th Street and the Garden City exit.

Johnson and his passenger, Shawna E. Henkel, 25, were thrown off the motorcycle. Neither was wearing a helmet, police said. Johnson was taken by ambulance to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Henkel was taken by ambulance to St. Luke's Meridian Medical Center, according to the state police. A hospital supervisor said Henkel was not listed on a public roster Saturday evening. She said that could mean the patient was treated and released or she asked that her condition report not be publicly released. The crash is still under investigation.

5/24/13 - How to crash into a parked vehicle

Burns, Ore. - A Corvallis man was cited after sparking a crash that injured two other people near Burns Friday.

Two motorcycle riders were riding about 10:45 a.m. along Oregon 205 near milepost 21 when a van appeared to be stopped in the middle of the lane ahead of them, state police said.

The riders, Lucinda Gardner, 49 , of Scappoose and Derry York, 58, of Scappoose, were thrown from their motorcycles when they crashed into each other while braking to avoid the van, police said. No one else was injured and both riders were wearing helmets.

Gardner was taken to Harvey District Hospital in Burns with minor injuries. York was flown to St. Charles Medical Center with apparent serious injuries.
The van driver, Joseph Randall, 55, was cited for impeding traffic.

The SR! Take: Really - two riders crashed as the result of a parked vehicle and a straight two lane highway?! That's really something. Is there a citation that can be given to each rider for inattentive driving?

5/5/2013 - This guy needs a track day

LAPINE, Ore. — A Washington state man has a hefty speeding ticket to pay after getting clocked at 130 mph on his new motorcycle in central Oregon.

Sixty-one-year-old Gregory Zaser, of the wealthy Lake Washington enclave of Medina, east of Seattle, told the trooper who pulled him over Monday that he’d just purchased the Ducati bike and wanted to see what it could do.

The ticket for going 130 mph in a 55 mph zone is $1,103 — that’s the automatic fine for going more than 100 mph in Oregon. Oregon State Police Lt. Steve Mitchell says Zaser could also have his license suspended.

Congratulations on your new bike purchase Greg.

4/25/2013 - What? - I'm supposed to have an license, endorsement?

VANCOUVER, Wa - A motorcyclist was injured at around 1 p.m. Thursday when his motorcycle struck a barrier, launching him off an exit overpass to the freeway below, the Washington State Patrol reports.

Trooper William Finn said the motorcyclist, 25-year-old Jarrid B. Moore of Woodland, Wash., was traveling south on Interstate 5 when he exited the freeway to go east on SR-14. The motorcycle, a 2000 Yamaha YZ600, struck a concrete barrier, ejecting Moore off the exit ramp onto the freeway shoulder 25' below.
Finn said the motorcycle continued on for another 300-feet before coming to rest. Moore was taken by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with head and leg injuries.

Moore was cited for not having a driver's license, and not having a license with a motorcycle endorsement, Finn said.

4/24/2013 - But I didn't see the officer...

HILLSBORO, Ore. -State police cited a 47-year-old man on reckless driving and assault charges in connection with a crash involving a Washington County motorcycle deputy Tuesday afternoon.

Shortly before 12:50 p.m., Deputy Brian Upton was conducting radar on U.S. 26 from the Northwest Brookwood Parkway overpass, said Sgt. Bob Ray, a sheriff's office spokesman. He was on his 2008 BMW motorcycle in the roadway's shoulder when a 2009 Hyundai Sonata exited U.S. 26 and took the Brookwood Parkway off-ramp to head south.

The driver of the Sonata attempted to pass another vehicle using the shoulder of Brookwood Parkway, said Lt. Gregg Hastings, a state police spokesman. The front, right corner of the Sonata struck Upton's motorcycle, knocking it and the deputy to the ground.

Upton suffered minor injuries. A sheriff's office supervisor, Hastings said, took him to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center.

The Sonata's driver, whom police identified as Lin Peng, was not injured, Hastings said. Peng, who lives in the Northwest Portland area, was cited to appear in Washington County Circuit Court on accusations of reckless driving and fourth-degree assault.

Upton, a six-year veteran of the sheriff's office, is part of the agency's Traffic Safety Unit.

4/12/2013 - It's Spring and the NW MC Blotter is really heating up!

PARKLAND, Wash. — Witnesses estimate a motorcycle rider was speeding about 100 mph when he missed a turn and crashed into a logging truck early Thursday in Parkland. Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer told The News Tribune a deputy two blocks away heard the crash. The rider died at the scene.

4/10/2013 - Pursuit ends in wreck

MERIDIAN, Id. - The chase began around 6:40 p.m. when an Idaho State Police motorcycle unit saw three motorcycles driving at a high rate of speed on Interstate 84. ISP caught up with the motorcycles and attempted to make a traffic stop. Two of the bikes pulled aside but one rider, Alexsandr A. Tymoshchuk, 19, Meridian, fled the officer. After he laid down his bike, Tymoshchuk was transported by ground ambulance to Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise. He will be charged with felony eluding and driving without privileges.

3/29/2013 - Pulverized

OREGON CITY, Ore. - Clackamas County Police are searching for a man who reportedly stole a Kawasaki KLR 650 motorcycle, then crashed it in a severe motorcycle accident and fled the scene.

According to Fox 12 News in Oregon, a man was weaving in and out of traffic and riding dangerously on a stolen motorcycle. As a result, he hit the back of an SUV, flew off the bike, and crashed into the SUV’s back window. Although he likely sustained a substantial amount of physical pain and numerous injuries, the suspect hobbled off before police arrived. Witnesses to the accident stated that the suspect was bleeding heavily.

No one in the SUV was injured after the accident. However, the rear bumper and window has heavy damage.

The accident occurred in the southbound lane of Interstate 205, close to the Johnson Creek Boulevard exit. The motorcycle, however, was reported stolen from the Dalles area.

Police have now stated that 29-year-old Andrew Pulver is the suspect involved. He is still on the run, but according to police he has ties in Wasco, Clackamas, and Multnomah counties.

Police also said that Pulver is a white male, weighing around 145 pounds, standing five-foot-seven, with blue eyes and brown hair.

Along with pending criminal charges, Pulver may also face civil charges should the owner of the motorcycle and the SUV owner file for damages.

3/31/2013 - We hear banjos...

BLACKFOOT, Id. - Idaho State Police investigated a motorcycle-pickup crash north of Blackfoot about 4:09 p.m. on Sunday.

The accident happened when Dennis Wood, 49, of Blackfoot, was driving a 1991 GMC Sierra pickup north on U.S. Highway 91. He slowed to turn left across the southbound lane into his driveway.

Then Michael Landon, 28, of Mountain Home, who was riding a 1978 Honda motorcycle on Highway 91 behind Wood's pickup, failed to yield to Wood's vehicle as it was slowing to turn. The motorcycle Landon was riding struck the pickup as he attempted to go around it to avoid a collision.

Landon was wearing a helmet and was treated at scene. He was not transported to the hospital. Dennis Wood and one passenger were not wearing their seat belts, but were not injured.

10/11/2012 - Take a picture of this

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A driver who lost control of her van and fatally collided with a Eugene motorcyclist faces criminal charges after deputies say she was distracted by a cell phone moments before the crash.

Deputies arrested Veronica Avila Diaz, 28, on Thursday on second degree manslaughter, reckless driving and 7 counts of reckless endangering for her role in the Sept. 30 crash that killed 72-year-old Kenneth Douglas "Doug" Carroll.

Deputies said Diaz and her passenger, Jose Gutierrez, were using a cell phone to take a picture just before Diaz lost control of her 1996 Ford Windstar as she was southbound on Hwy 99.

The van crossed into the oncoming lane and turned sideways, the sheriff's office said.

Carroll was northbound on Hwy 99 on his motorcycle and crashed into the side of the van.

A 2005 Mustang driven by Danielle Rose Krier, 17, of Eugene was traveling behind the motorcyclist and swerved to avoid the accident. The Mustang crashed into the ditch but did not hit either the van or the motorcycle, the sheriff's office said.

Gutierrez also faces charges of hindering prosecution and interfering with a police officer, deputies said.

Three children, ages 6 months to 11 years, were also in the van.

8/12/2012 - One down One to Go

EUGENE, Ore. - One motorcyclist fled from police at speeds over 130 mph before pulling over.

The other sped off at 150 mph and got away - but not for long: police have identified the motorcyclist and said the investigation remains open.

The two men were returning to Washington state Sunday night from a motorcycle rally in southern California, Oregon State Police said.

A state trooper spotted the men speeding north on I-5 near Cottage Grove just before 11 p.m. Another trooper clocked them at 100 mph and attempted to stop them for speeding, but the motorcyclists sped up.

The trooper terminated the chase due to traffic and public safety concerns in the Eugene/Springfield area.

North of Eugene, Trooper Evan Sether spotted a motorcycle doing 90 mph in a 60 mph zone. The trooper tried to pull the rider over only to have the rider speed away at over 130 mph.

Trooper Clay Core was driving up from behind to assist Sether when a second motorcyclist passed him at an estimated 150 mph. He tried to stop the rider but lost site of the motorcycle near Coburg.

The other rider eventually yielded to Trooper Sether near milepost 219, almost 50 miles from the initial attempt to stop the riders near Cottage Grove.

Troopers took the rider, Timothy Scott Wielier, 28, of Des Moine, Wash., into custody and lodged him at the Linn County Jail on charges of felony attempt to elude, reckless driving and reckless endangering.

8/1/2012 - Twice in one night, drink up now!

CLYDE HILL, Wa. -- Two motorcyclists are in serious condition after they crashed not once but twice early Thursday morning on their high-performance motorcycles. A third rider also crashed but was not seriously hurt.

The Washington State Patrol says it appears alcohol and high speed may have been factors in the crashes.

The chain of events began about 12:30 a.m. Thursday as the three motorcyclists were riding together on the state Route 520 bridge. One of them skidded and crashed, so he crawled onto the back of his friend's motorcycle for a ride to the hospital.

The three motorcyclists turned around and headed east toward Bellevue on two motorcycles, and that's when they all wiped out again. They took a corner on Points Drive Northeast at high speed, lost control and slammed into a rock wall.

When troopers and medics arrived at the scene, the two motorcyclists riding together were found unconscious on the side of the road.

The two men, both between 20 and 30 years old, were both rushed to the hospital, where they were listed in serious condition.

The third motorcyclist was down but conscious. When police arrived, he was sitting on the roadside next to his damaged bike, taking photos of the crash scene with his smartphone.

All three riders were wearing helmets. They may face vehicular assault charges, state troopers said.

7/5/2012 - Failed escape

A man riding a stolen motorcycle was arrested Thursday, July 5, after a quick pursuit that ended in farmland south of Ferndale, troopers said.

A trooper tried to pull over Aaron Nash Jackson, 40, of Bellingham, about 11 a.m. after he breezed through a traffic light on Slater Road, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Keith Leary.

The motorcyclist didn't pull over. Instead he took a left turn onto Ferndale Road, then another left onto Rayhorst Road - a short dead-end drive surrounded by fields, Leary said.

The suspect tried going down a dirt road before he ditched the bike and tried to run away, Leary said. He was caught before 11:05 a.m.

Speeds during the chase topped out at 50 mph, Leary said.

Troopers discovered the Kawasaki motorcycle had been reported stolen on the Fourth of July. Leary wasn't sure of the model.

Jackson was booked into Whatcom County Jail on investigation of felony eluding, first-degree possession of stolen property and driving with a license suspended in the first degree.

6/26/2012 - Former Tukwila councilman killed while racing car

David Fenton, 67, was killed instantly in West Seattle when he hit his head on a lightpole at the intersection of Highland Park Way Southwest. He had been racing a black car around 2pm when the accident occured. It was unclear whether he lost control of the bike or was forced off the road. The black car, which has tinted windows, two hood scoops, and a rear spoiler, fled the scene and has not yet been found.

5/10/2012 - Motorcyclist hit by Ride-the-Ducks vehicle files lawsuit

Motorcyclist Austin Porter was critically injured Oct. 11 when he was run over and dragged by a Duck, an amphibious tourist vehicle. Porter, who was stopped at a red light at Third Avenue and Pike Street in Seattle when he was struck, filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking unspecified damages from Ride the Ducks of Seattle. If not for pedestrians who witnessed the collision and screamed at the Duck driver while pounding on the sides of the boat, Porter believes he could have been dragged for blocks, instead of yards.

5/9/2012 - One dead in motorcycle pursuit

A 35-year-old motorcyclist is dead after a high speed chase last night on Deer Park Road.

The Washington State Patrol identified the man as Bjorn Robert Larsen, of Port Angeles.

Troopers said a Washington State Patrol trooper, Travis D. Beebe, 37, of Port Angeles, was in pursuit of Larsen around 7:55 p.m. when the two vehicles came to a sharp corner six miles up Deer Park Road and crashed.

Troopers estimate the vehicles came to rest 50 feet down an embankment. Beebe broke the back window of his patrol car, which had rolled over and landed on the driver’s side, climbed out and called 9-1-1.

Clallam County Fire District 2 officials said Larsen was found dead upon arrival. Firefighters back boarded him out of the wooded area down the embankment. Beebe, who suffered minor injuries, was transported to Olympic Memorial Hospital for evaluation. His patrol car was totaled and there was extensive damage to the motorcycle, a 1981 Honda CB650.

Fire officials said the accident was caused by driving too fast. They encourage people to stop, not run, when they are being pursued by law enforcement.

The State Patrol is continuing to investigate.

5/4/2012 - Road Rage or Attempted Murder? - POCATELLO, Idaho -- Pocatello Police believe it was "road rage" that caused a collision between a motorcycle and car at around 6:35 p.m. Thursday. Police say the driver of the car and the operator of the motorcycle exchanged words back and forth while traveling down Yellowstone.

Witnesses told authorities the car pulled in front of the motorcycle and slammed on its brakes for no apparent reason. They said the motorcycle then slammed into the rear of the car.

The motorcyclist was transported to Portneuf Medical Center with unknown injuries. Neither driver was identified. No citations or charges have been filed as investigation into the incident continues.

5/1/2012 - What a novel idea! - BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The insurance claim seemed straightforward: Jason Preston said his motorcycle was wrecked.

His clothing was scuffed up to prove it.

But Idaho investigators figured there was something fishy about the Blackfoot man's story he'd crashed the bike to avoid hitting an animal in July 2011.

So what began as a seemingly ordinary Idaho traffic mishap has resulted in Preston being sentenced to 20 days in jail — for insurance fraud and damaging insured property.

A 6th District judge suspended Preston's one-to-four-year prison term.

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden described Tuesday what really happened.

The 31-year-old placed his motorcycle in his truck, accelerated and pushed it off the back. Preston's girlfriend then dragged him down the road.

The case was investigated by the Bonneville County sheriff and Idaho Department of Insurance.

SR! Comments: What about the girlfriend? Accomplice to the crime for sure...

4/13/2012 - PRIEST RIVER, ID - Two in a row - A Harley Davidson motorcycle rider died after hitting a deer early Thursday along U.S. Highway 2 in North Idaho. The Idaho State Police reported Rodney C. Reed, 53, was westbound at milepost 17 at 4:52 a.m. when his motorcycle hit the deer. The bike overturned and Reed was thrown off. The Priest River man was not wearing a helmet, according to the report.

SR! Comments: See 4/7

4/8/2012 - SEATTLE, WA - Bales attorney is a rider - In what could be the biggest case of John Henry Browne's career, he is defending Robert Bales, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord staff sergeant charged with murdering 17 Afghan civilians. He's shown here in 1998 on a Yamaha cruiser and also owns a Harley.

4/7/2012 - LACEY, WA - Not such a great deal at Costco - Witnesses say that Jordan Clark of Centralia was driving his motorcycle in the parking lot of the Lacey Costco Saturday night with the front wheel off the ground and at a very high rate of speed when he lost control and hit two other vehicles. Clark was taken to Providence St. Peter hospital where he later died from his injuries. No one else was hurt.

4/7/2012 - MOYIE SPRINGS, ID - Two people riding a motorcycle hit a deer Saturday evening in Boundary County, killing one of them.

Idaho State Police say it happened just before 7:00 last night on Highway 2 near the Idaho/Montana state line.

Police say 51-year-old Wayne Williams of Moyie Springs, Idaho and his passenger, 48-year-old Kelli Williams were traveling westbound on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when they collided with a deer, causing the motorcycle to go off the road. Wayne died as a result of that crash, Kelli was taken to the hospital for her injuries.

Neither of them were wearing a helmet.

SR! Comments: Riding season is here. The deer are out, especially in the early morning and later evening hours. And even though you don't have to wear a helmet it Idaho, going with the option to do so may not be such a bad idea. Looks like April is going to be a busy month for the Blotter!

4/6/2012 - DOUGLAS CO., OR - Nice day - Nice Ride - Oregon State Police arrested a 21-year old Roseburg man, after they say he led police on two different high speed pursuits on his motorcycle. He allegedly had a 14-year-old girl on the bike as well.

According to Sergeant Matt Bowersox, just before 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, OSP Senior Trooper Mark Moore saw a motorcycle with two occupants northbound on Interstate 5 near milepost 120 and noted its speed at 83 mph in a 65 mph speed zone.

As the trooper tried to stop the bike, the driver, later identified as 21-year-old Alen Patrick Brock, sped northbound at speeds estimated over 100 mph.

As OSP was trying to keep the motorcycle in sight, they say it got off the freeway at Exit 127 in north Roseburg, and became stuck behind traffic on Edenbower Boulevard.

State police say they caught up to the motorcycle stopped at a red light, noted the license plate and saw the operator of the motorcycle had a female passenger.

Officials say that when Brock saw the patrol car behind him, he sped northbound in heavy traffic on Highway 99 towards Sutherlin, passing vehicles in the oncoming lanes traveling at over 100 miles per hour.

OSP terminated its attempt to stop the motorcycle.

Troopers notified Sutherlin police, who spotted the motorcycle south of Sutherlin. Their officer also terminated the attempt to stop the motorcycle which was last reported traveling westbound on Highway 138W in Sutherlin.

At around 3:20 p.m. OSP troopers went to the registered owner's residence and contacted Brock. Following an interview, Brock was arrested and taken to the Douglas County Jail, where he was lodged for Felony Eluding Police in a Motor Vehicle, Reckless Driving, and Recklessly Endangering a Minor.

He was also cited for Violation of the Basic Rule for going 107 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.

Troopers also contacted and identified the 14-year old female passenger. After she was interviewed by OSP she was released to her parents from the suspect's residence.

Brock is being held on $125,000 bail.

2/27/2012 - McMINNVILLE, OR - Movin' on from Town to Town - On February 28, 2012 at approximately 6:29 a.m. an off-duty Washington County deputy spotted a crashed motorcycle in a field along Highway 47 near milepost 30. Responding McMinnville Fire Department medics pronounced the operator, Mark Stephen Schmidt II, age 29, deceased at the scene.

Preliminary investigation indicates the motorcycle was northbound when Schmidt lost control negotiating a curve, traveled off the northbound shoulder and crashed in a field. Schmidt was wearing a protective helmet and operating the motorcycle with a suspended license. He has previously lived in Otis, Tigard and McMinnville areas. His last known residence location is pending confirmation.

2/18/2012 - MOSES LAKE, WA - A Moses Lake man was injured when he hit one of two deer standing on the roadway of Highway 262 about 21 miles southwest of Moses Lake.

Christopher Munter, 42, was going east on the highway that travels along the south side of Potholes Reservoir when the accident occurred at 4:57 p.m. Saturday, according to the Washington State Patrol.

Munter and the deer came to rest in the roadway after the accident, according to the state patrol.

Munter was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Moses Lake. No word yet on when or where services for the deer will be held.

1/31/12 - KENT, WA — 69-year-old man was struck by a motorcycle and killed Tuesday night in Kent

Police say the man was trying to cross Pacific Highway South when he stepped in front of the motorcycle. The News Tribune reports the pedestrian died at the scene. The motorcyclist was injured and taken to a hospital.

SR! Comments: So, why is it that the state does not require motorcyclists to have insurance? Suppose this was a four year old child and the child lived...

12/5/11 - BELLINGHAM - 18 year old dies following endorsement test

An 18-year-old Sumas man who had aced his motorcycle license test just a half hour earlier crashed and was killed Saturday morning, Dec. 3.David T. Swift had just passed the Department of Licensing test and was driving his 2006 Kawasaki west in the 200 block of West Horton Road when he crashed at about 11:30 a.m., according to Bellingham Police spokesman Mark Young.

Swift was riding with his brother, Michael Swift. He had just passed a car and was waving his brother on when he lost control, hit the curb and slid, Young said. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene. Medical examiner Gary Goldfogel said no drugs or alcohol are suspected in the crash, though speed and inattention may have been contributing factors. The Bellingham Police Traffic Unit is still investigating the crash.

Swift, the youngest of seven children, was a 2011 graduate of Nooksack Valley High School who hoped to join the Air Force in the spring and ultimately become a commercial pilot, said his sister, Anika Hildebrand, 27.At a spontaneous memorial service Sunday night at Riverside Park in Everson, more than 200 people showed up to share their memories and stories about Swift.

"He was so full of life," Hildebrand said. "He was always the life of the party, yet he wasn't wanting to be the life of the party - he just was. He was a very dynamic person. Everyone just loved him.

"Swift recently started working for a local contractor to install satellite dishes, and Hildebrand said his boss used to say he wished he had 10 Davids.

"He earned a lot of people's respect," she said. "He was a hard worker."

Swift and his brother had taken Cordata Parkway to Horton after the driving test because of the long curves in the road.

"That's how he lived. He lived life to the fullest," Hildebrand said. "It's a lot easier to think about the good side of it."

11/1/11 - FAIRBANKS, AK -- The next time you think Iron Butt

A Seattle motorcyclist who fell asleep and ran into two bicyclists near Nenana in June 2010 while participating in the last leg of a cross-country motorcycle race from Florida to Alaska accepted a plea deal with the state Monday that requires her to serve 16 months in jail and pay restitution to the two cyclists, neither of whom was seriously injured.

Vik Livingston, 54, originally was charged with two counts of second-degree felony assault, but the charges were reduced to fourth-degree misdemeanor assault as a result of Monday’s plea deal. A drunken-driving charge against Livingston was dropped previously because of lack of evidence.

The plea deal came on the day Livingston’s trial in Fairbanks Superior Court was scheduled to begin. It will be up to the Department of Corrections to decide whether Livingston will serve jail time or be monitored electronically in Seattle, assistant district attorney Arne Soldwedel said.

Livingston was competing in the Hoka Hey Challenge, an 8,000-mile motorcycle race from Key West, Fla., to Homer that is billed as the Iditarod of Harley-Davidsons, when the motorcycle plowed into cyclists Andy Hutten and Karen Schaad, who were riding on the shoulder of the road near 306 Mile of the Parks Highway, about 50 miles south of Fairbanks.

Hutten suffered a bad cut on his leg and a Schaad had a chipped vertebrae and cracked pelvis. Both cyclists suffered bad road rash as a result of sliding an estimated 30 feet on the pavement.

Livingston wound up in Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with cracked ribs, a broken clavicle and a punctured lung.

Alaska State Troopers reported there were no signs that Livingston swerved or braked until after hitting the first cyclist, which is consistent with accidents where people fall asleep at the wheel. Livingston, meanwhile, claimed to have swerved onto the shoulder of the road to avoid a car that had braked suddenly.

10/28/11- SEATTLE, WA -- How'd he do that?

Seattle police say they clocked -- and cited -- a man riding a motorcycle Friday morning at 103 mph on the West Seattle Bridge.

His excuse: He was late for work.

With the viaduct closure you gotta figure it must have been VERY early in the morning.

9/28/2011 - ASTORIA, OR -- When in doubt turn yourself in

The 30-year-old motorcycle driver who led a state trooper on a 120-mph chase on Highway 30 near Clatskanie that ended when the trooper's patrol car crashed in an embankment turned himself this morning.

Nicholas R. Boehler III, of Westport, will appear in Columbia County Circuit Court on Oct. 24 on charges of reckless driving, speeding, driving without a motorcycle endorsement and attempting to elude using a motor vehicle, a felony.

Oregon State Police Trooper Jessica Spurlock first spotted Boehler as he was riding his motorcycle eastbound on the highway near Clatskanie about 6:30 a.m. Sunday. He was driving about 20 miles over the 55-mph speed limit, so Spurlock turned on her lights and sirens and tried to make a traffic stop, state police said.

But Boehler didn't pull over, taking Spurlock on a chase where speeds neared 120 mph. She kept him in sight until she lost control over her 2010 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car and crashed into an embankment.

Spurlock, who's worked for OSP for six years, was taken to Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria where she was examined for minor injuries and released, state police said. She was wearing a seat belt at the time.

Boehler voluntarily came into the OSP Astoria office at 9 a.m., and has fully cooperated with investigators, state police said.


8/25/2011 - CORVALLIS, OR -- Time for a new Helmet Law

Authorities are looking for a man who walked into a Corvallis bank wearing a full-face motorcycle helmet and demanded money after implying he had a weapon, the Corvallis Police Department reported.

Just before 2:10 p.m. Thursday employees of Key Bank, 1817 N.W. 9th St. called police. The man was last seen running toward Oregon 99W, police said.

The suspect was described as in his 30's and about 6 feet tall. He weighed about 200 pounds. In addition to the helmet, which had a visor pulled down, the man also wore blue jeans and a dark-colored jacket.


7/6/2011 - ESTACADA, OR -- A 24-year old Longview, Wash., man was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon when the motorcycle he was operating traveled off Highway 224 east of Estacada and down a steep embankment toward the Clackamas River.

James D. Heys-Olfon was eastbound on Highway 224 near milepost 33 when he failed to negotiate a left curve and drove off a steep 40-foot embankment. He was wearing a protective helmet, but was seriously injured when he landed on rocks near the Clackamas River.

Estacada Rural Fire District personnel retrieved him for transport by ambulance to a secondary location where LifeFlight took him to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center.

A dive team reportedly was working to retrieve the motorcycle from the river.

Subsequent investigation led Oregon State Police to cite Heys-Olfon for driving under the influence of intoxicants, careless driving, no operator’s license and driving uninsured.

U.S. Forest Service, Estacada Rural Fire District and Clackamas County Sheriff's Office assisted at the scene.


7/2/2011 - MASON COUNTY, WA. -- Man in critical condition after crashing his motorcycle while not wearing a helmet in Washington State

A 50-year-old Tacoma man and a 33-year-old Olympia woman were seriously injured in a motorcycle crash over the Independence Day weekend. The crash occurred at about 9:30 PM Saturday night (July 2), when the motorcycle they were riding northbound on the Mason Lake Road failed to negotiate a curve and left the roadway near milepost 8. The bike rolled several times ejecting the driver and passenger. The driver, 50-year-old Edgar W. Ice, was not wearing a helmet. He was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle where he was listed in critical condition. The female passenger, 33-year-old Bridget B. Courcy, was transported to Mason General Hospital and then taken to Harboview. The cause of the collision is still under investigation by the Mason County Sheriff’s Traffic Safety Team.

SR! Comments: Somebody grab us a banjo... And remember folks, the motorcycle failed to negotiate the curve, not the rider, according to the press release...


7/1/2011 - YAKIMA, WA. -- Two Yakima Teens Hospitalized following Motorcycle Collision

Two teenage boys from Yakima have been hospitalized following a Saturday night motorcycle accident in Wapato.

The Washington State Patrol says Roman Hernandez and Andrez Acevedo were riding a dirt bike eastbound along the 1600-block of Progressive Road when a pickup, driven by James Smiskin of White Swan, began to turn into a private driveway.

Hernandez, who was driving the dirt bike while Acevedo was riding on the back, attempted to pass Smiskin and collided with Smiskin's pickup around 8:15 p.m. Saturday.

Both Hernandez and Acevedo were injured, however, Smiskin was not.

The Washington State Patrol lists the causes of the accident as motorcycle driver inattention, alcohol and excessive speed. Charges are pending.

SR! Comments: It's 8:15 on a Saturday night in Wapato - do you know where your teens are??


6/25/2011 - AURORA, OR. -- Salem man critically injured in motorcycle crash near Aurora

A Salem man is in critical condition following a crash Saturday at the intersection of Oregon 551 and Ehlen Road.

According to a press release, around 9:07 p.m. Saturday, Keith E. Hallstead, 58, of northwest Salem was stopped at a signal on Ehlen Road. When the light turned green, Hallstead, riding a 2009 Harley Davidson motorcycle, headed through the intersection.

Hallstead was immediately hit by a 2006 Toyota Scion driven by Adrian Mararita Chavez, 26, of Tigard. Chavez was turning left from eastbound Ehlen Road onto northbound Oregon 511. He has been cited for careless driving and taking a dangerous left turn.

SR! Comments: Driver's Ed 101: How often should you come off a stop light or stop sign looking both ways before you pull the throttle back...?

a. Never
b. Sometimes
c. Often
d. Always


6/14/2011- ROSEBURG, OR. -- Winston man arrested for trying to outrun cops

A Winston man was arrested Sunday night after police say he sped past an OSP trooper on patrol and then refused to stop his motorcycle.

Police say the trooper was patrolling southbound on I-5 about five miles south of Roseburg, when at around 10:00 p.m., a 2003 Honda motorcycle came up from behind at a high rate of speed.

The motorcycle, which had two people on it, sped past the trooper on the right, and police gave chase.

Officers say the man driving, later identified as Wyley A. Bartlett, 22, of Winston, continued southbound and took the 119 off ramp onto Hwy 42. He allegedly continued at speeds between 110-120 miles per hour.

After running a red light, police say Bartlett slowed and then stopped about two miles later.

Bartlett was arrested and lodged in the Douglas County Jail on charges of felony attempt to elude, reckless driving and recklessly endangering another person.

According to the DCSO Web site, Bartlett has since been released.


6/3/2011 - LEBANON, OR -- Way to go, Lance

Police say an Oregon state trooper cited a man outside of Lebanon for riding his motorcycle at 127 mph. Lance Hawken was spotted in a 55 mph zone on Highway 20 on Friday night. He attempted to flee, police say, but was caught after shredding his rear tire and driving into a ditch. Troopers took Hawken to the Linn County Jail where he was cited and released on charges including felony attempt to elude on a vehicle.

SR! Comments: There are some who believe they can elude police on a sportbike - and there are those who fail, or the tire fails...


6/3/2011 - Motorcyclist arrested after fleeing from police at more than 100 mph

Police descended on the Issaquah Highlands June 3 after a man driving a motorcycle at more than 100 mph led state troopers to a condominium near Grand Ridge Elementary School, prompting administrators to take precautions as the school day ended.

The afternoon incident started after the crew in a Washington State Patrol airplane observed a motorcycle rider driving more than 100 mph on westbound Interstate 90 near Preston. The crew in the Cessna 206 had been monitoring King County traffic.

After receiving notification from the aircraft crew, a trooper in a patrol car pulled behind the motorcycle and turned on its flashing lights to try to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued undeterred.

"Because of the extreme speeds and the maneuvering that he was doing, the trooper did not pursue,” Trooper Julie Startup said.

Meanwhile, the crew aboard the Cessna continued to monitor the motorcycle and relayed the location to troopers on the ground. Troopers then followed the motorcycle to the Highlands.

The aircraft crew observed the driver pull into a garage at the highlands condominium complex and close the garage door moments before patrol cars arrived at the scene. The motorcycle driver, later identified as a 62-year-old Issaquah resident, lives at the complex.

Startup said the man initially refused to step outside to meet troopers. The State Patrol and the Issaquah Police Department cordoned off the area.

"We have to make sure that we take precautions,” Startup said. "Obviously, you never know what’s going to be happening inside of that home.”

Later, the man and another man emerged from the residence. Police arrested the motorcycle driver for reckless driving and eluding officers, and detained the other man for questioning.

Under State law, reckless driving is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine. For eluding police, a felony, the state can revoke a violator’s driver’s license.

Officers then obtained a warrant to search the home, and troopers entered the residence late in the afternoon.

"He rode his motorcycle right up into the residence, so there’s the potential that he may have hidden something or had weapons,” Startup said. "There’s no limit to what he could have done in that period of time.”

SR! Comments: Gives a whole other meaning to Air Traffic Control


5/30/2011 - WA: Island County judge injured in motorcycle accident

Island County District Court Judge Peter Strow was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Sunday after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a deer.

The accident happened at about 5:45 a.m. as Strow, 59, was headed north on Hwy. 20 at Sherman Road near Coupeville, riding a 2011 Honda CBR 250R motorcycle. The deer bounded into his lane, and Strow was unable to avoid hitting it.

He was initially transported to Whidbey General Hospital before being transferred to Harborview.

Rep. Norma Smith of Clinton, a family friend, confirmed that Strow sustained a broken collarbone and broken ribs, but is expected to make a full recovery. Strow was the only person on the motorcycle at the time of the accident.

Trooper Keith Leary of the Washington State Patrol on Monday said the accident was unavoidable.

"We have no way of telling our wildlife to stay off the roadway,” he said.

The accident is under investigation.

SR! Comments: A broken collar bone is a typical injury in a collision accident like this where the rider is wearing a full face helmet. The question is - if he'd been wearing less than that what sort of condition do you think he'd be in now?


5/24/2011 - ID: Motorcyclist takes police on chase through Boise

Boise, Idaho - What started as an attempted routine traffic stop turned into a chase through Boise and eventually a case for the Department of Child and Family Services.

Ada County Sheriff Deputies said they spotted a man on a motorcycle who ran a red light at the intersection of Cloverdale and Hazle at about 1:30 a.m.

When they attempted to pull him over, he allegedly refused and led them on a chase through southwest Boise.

The motorcycle chase ended when the suspect ran into a dead end and was forced to put the bike down. Authorities say that's when the man jumped over a backyard fence and led them on a foot chase through several backyards and open fields.

Deputies eventually caught up with the suspect at his home and took him into custody. While at his home, deputies say they found children who were left unattended while he was out.

Authorities have not said if they were his children but in addition to pending DUI and eluding charges, he could also face possible child endangerment charges.

Deputies say he may have decided to flee because he was operating a motorcycle with a suspended license.

According to deputies, he was never arrested but detained and later released. Charges are still pending and authorities won't release his name until they actually decide to file charges.

SR! Comments: So in Idaho, it seems you can get away with a lot without getting charged for anything up front. The bike is less than street legal for starters.


5/21/2011 - ID: Teenager killed in motorcycle accident identified

Boise, Idaho - The Ada County Coroner released the name of the teenager killed in a motorcycle accident over the weekend.

Dak Radley Griffin, 19, of Nampa, died of blunt force trauma when he crashed the motorcycle he was driving into a wall on Gowen Road at Interstate 84 on Saturday morning.

A teenaged girl was critically injured in the accident and was taken to St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center.

Police say neither Griffin nor the girl were wearing helmets when they crashed while making a turn from Gowen Road westbound onto I-84.

Griffin was dead when officers arrived on the scene. They believe the absence of helmets played a significant factor in the death, and injuries of the passenger.


5/17/2011 - WA: Not your typical Bremerton traffic stop

A 63-year-old Bremerton man was injured when his motorcycle was struck by another vehicle near 11th Street and Hewitt Avenue just after 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The other vehicle's driver, a 39-year-old Port Orchard woman, was pulling over during a traffic stop when her PT Cruiser hit the motorcycle, according to the Washington State Patrol. A Bremerton police officer had signaled for her to pull over after noticing the Cruiser had expired license tabs.

The motorcycle rider was transported to Harrison Hospital with undisclosed injuries. He was wearing a helmet during the collision.

His 2011 Harley-Davidson motorcycle was totaled and towed from the scene.

The Cruiser driver was cited for making an unsafe lane change.

SR! comments: Just like they told ya in drivers ed - 'check your mirrors and look right before turning right...'


5/17/2011 - WA: Expired license tabs are getting popular

Police are looking for a silver-colored late 1980s Range Rover that backed over a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy's motorcycle. The car fled the scene Monday near Lake Stevens. KING reports the deputy was not injured in the hit-run. Sheriff's spokeswoman Rebecca Hover says the deputy had pulled the car over for expired license tabs.


5/10/2011 - WA: Collision in West Seattle

The motorcycle rider "refused treatment.” The 87 year old female car driver was taken to the hospital as a precaution; she was reportedly complaining of arm pain. She'd also stated - "I shouldn't be driving anymore." Police at the scene tell us they’re still trying to sort out the circumstances of the collision.

SR! Comments: Circumstances? Elderly left hand turning driver may sum it up, but just how fast do you need to be going to decapitate the front end off a motorcycle?


5/2/2011 - OR: New ideas in Speed Dating

Good ideas for impressing a new girlfriend: Flowers, a box of candy or a night of dinner and dancing.

Bad ideas: Seeing how fast you can take her on the back of your motorcycle.

It's a lesson that a 33-year-old Marion County man learned Sunday afternoon when he was pulled over by authorities for driving 140 mph on a 1992 Suzuki.

Richard Boedigheimer, of Gates, told a Marion County Sheriff's Office deputy that he was "just having fun" with his girlfriend of one week.

A deputy assigned to the department's traffic safety team spotted the motorcycle on Oregon 22 west of Mill City. He attempted to get the driver to stop, but the motorcyclist fled before finally pulling over. The deputy clocked the bike at a speed that reached 140 mph.

Boedigheimer was charged with attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving, recklessly endangering another person and driving with a suspended license.

The motorcycle was towed and he was taken to the Marion County Jail.

Deputies said his girlfriend "went home."


4/26/2011 - OR: A Portland man has been sentenced to 13 years in prison after a jury convicted him of manslaughter in the death of a motorcyclist last year.

The Daily Astorian reports that 45-year-old Kenneth Eugene Middleton was sentenced Tuesday. The Clatsop County jury also found him guilty last week of assault, driving under the influence of intoxicants, reckless endangering and reckless driving in the death last May of 35-year-old Andrew Church of Rainier.

The newspaper said Middleton was driving eastbound on U.S. Highway 30 near Astoria and had consumed at least a dozen beers when his pickup truck crossed the center line on a blind curve and hit Church on his motorcycle.

Middleton was not injured but his 13-year-old daughter was a passenger and suffered minor injuries.


4/23/2011 - WA: A motorcyclist escaped serious injury after hitting a guardrail on Highway 303 near Ridgetop Boulevard on Thursday and landing in a median.

According to a report from the Washington State Patrol, the 27-year-old motorcyclist was heading south on Highway 303. At 3:52 p.m., he lost control while merging toward the left lane and struck a guardrail. He was thrown from the motorcycle and landed in a median. The motorcycle continued traveling for another 100 yards.

The Silverdale man was hurt, but not seriously, according to the report. He was taken to Harrison Medical Center and was cited for speeding.

SR! Comments - 100 yards - that's 300 feet right? - the length of Safeco Field.


4/20/2011 - OR: A motorcyclist faces charges he hit 107 mph - and wasn't wearing a helmet.

At 6:55 p.m. Tuesday evening, an OSP trooper spotted a motorcycle westbound on Highway 42 traveling at a high rate of speed.

The motorcycle operator was not wearing a helmet, and the trooper determined its speed was 107 mph, police said.

As the trooper tried to stop the Harley Davidson motorcycle, the rider attempted to escape onto Westside Road for about one mile before stopping.

Oregon State Police arrested Nicholas Edward Houck, 20, of Camas Valley, Ore., for Felony Attempt to Elude on a Vehicle, Reckless Driving and Misdemeanor Driving While Suspended.

He was also cited for going 107 mph in a 55 mph speed zone and failing to wear a motorcycle helmet.

SR! Comments - Perhaps he's sharing a cell with Marco below??


4/9/2011 - WA: Killed Motorcyclist was going 100-plus mph
The Washington State Patrol says a motorcyclist killed in a crash in Puyallup (pew-AL'-up) was speeding at more than 100 mph. Trooper Guy Gill tells KOMO-TV that 24-year-old Tyler J. Huber was thrown from his Suzuki GSXR1000R about 440 feet when he hit a car on Highway 167 Saturday afternoon. The impact left the front fork assembly of the motorcycle embedded in the front of the car, broken off from the rest of the motorcycle. The car's driver was treated at a hospital for minor injuries. The biker was wearing a helmet. It's not known if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

SR! Comments - Tyler was a great athlete in high school, had a good military career and his wife is expecting their first child.


Also on 4/9/2011 - OR: A 24-year-old motorcycle driver was arrested and given multiple traffic citations after a Portland police officer measured his speed at 139 mph.

Marco Alfonso Huerta-Castillo, of Northeast Portland, was driving an orange motorcycle just before 11 p.m. Saturday eastbound on Interstate 84 when the officer spotted him speeding.

After a short chase ensued, the officer eventually stopped Huerta-Castillo near Northeast 148th Avenue on the interstate. Huerta-Castillo is charged with attempt to elude, DUI, reckless driving and was given four traffic citations, including speeding, driving while suspended, driving uninsured and no motorcycle endorsement.

He was taken to Multnomah County jail after his arrest.


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