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Negligent motorcyclist spurs Ionia crash

A motorcyclist in the Michigan is suspected of causing a motor vehicle accident even though neither he nor his motorcycle never came into contact with either of the vehicles involved in the crash. The motorcyclist led a police officer on a high-speed chase, causing the officer to collide with another vehicle. The motorcyclist did not stick around the scene of the accident and is still being sought on charges that took place in a number of counties.

The accident played out at around 3:18 p.m. when an Ionia County Sheriff's Deputy was zeroing in on a motorcycle that was traveling along M-21 just east of Whitesbridge Road.

This was the same motorcyclist that the authorities in the Lansing area spotted earlier breezing down the road at high speeds. The Lansing officer initially tried to pull the driver over, but the motorcycle and its operator eluded the authorities.

The Lansing deputy witnessed incredibly erratic driving as it tried to pull the motorcyclist over. The officer originally tried to pull the biker over along I-96 near Saginaw Highway. The motorcyclist was seen clipping down the road at speeds over 120 mph and weaving through traffic. When the officer tried to pull the biker over, the motorcyclist sped off and exited upon reaching Ionia County.

The driver was again spotted in other parts of the area, once by a DNR Conservation Officer, who eventually lost track of the motorcycle. That's when the Ionia deputy came into the mix and spotted the fast-driving motorcycle. The deputy came upon the motorcyclist on Morrison Lake Road at M-21 where he tried to stop it. At this point, the motorcycle was traveling at more than 130 mph.

During the heat of the chase, a civilian vehicle pulled out in front of the pursuing officer and caused the minor crash. The driver apparently did not see the officer, even though he had his emergency lights and sirens engaged. Luckily, the officer made a maneuver to avoid directly hitting the vehicle.

Source: The Sentinel Standard, "State Police investigate non-fatal crash," April 9, 2012

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