High-speed pursuit ends in crash

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A motorcyclist led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed pursuit Sunday morning.

The incident began around 9:30 a.m. on Highway 14, north of Sand Canyon Road, after a CHP officer initiated a traffic enforcement stop on the motorcyclist for a carpool lane violation and for exceeding the maximum speed limit, as the motorcycle was traveling 80 mph in a 65-mph zone, according to CHP Officer Josh Greengard, spokesman for the Newhall area CHP Office.

The motorcyclist reportedly accelerated away from the officer, failing to yield to the patrol vehicle’s activated red lights and siren, and the officer initiated a pursuit of the motorcycle, Greengard said.

The motorcyclist reportedly traveled northbound on Highway 14 at speeds of more than 100 mph, until crashing in Agua Dulce, according to CHP Officer Moises Marroquin and Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervisor Melanie Flores.

When attempting to re-enter the freeway after exiting on Escondido Canyon Road, the motorcycle reportedly struck a raised curb at approximately 30 mph, causing the motorcyclist to lose control of the motorcycle, which fell on its side and ejected the motorcyclist, Greengard added.

The suspect then fled the scene, and led officers on a brief foot pursuit up a hillside before he was placed in custody, Marroquin said.

The suspect was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital for suspected minor injuries and subsequently arrested on suspicion of possession of methamphetamine and evading officers, Greengard added.

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