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Cyclist faces charges after high-speed chase, crash

PRESCOTT – A motorcycle driver is facing felony flight and excessive speed charges after he allegedly failed to stop on Highway 89A Tuesday after a Department of Public Safety officer reportedly clocked his vehicle at more than 90 miles per hour.

This incident led to a police pursuit and, ultimately, a crash on a Prescott street.

According to DPS Sgt. Tim Bolger, shortly after 9 p.m. a DPS officer tried to stop the rider, who allegedly ignored the officer and continued traveling toward the intersection of highways 89 and 89A. At that point the officer lost sight of him. Shortly after, the officer said he spotted him traveling on Pioneer Parkway toward Williamson Valley Road at a speed in excess of 100 mph.

He said the officer alerted the Prescott police about the situation and asked for their help. He said the pursuit ended when the DPS officer received information that the driver had crashed near the intersection of Gail Gardner Way and Schemmer Drive.

Emergency personnel took the rider to Yavapai Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Bolger said that his department is investigating whether alcohol or drugs may be a factor in this incident.

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