Motorcyclist injured, reportedly while fleeing CHP on Highway 49 |

Motorcyclist injured, reportedly while fleeing CHP on Highway 49

A Grass Valley man remains in serious condition after crashing his motorcycle, reportedly while fleeing from law enforcement.

A California Highway Patrol officer tried to stop Eric Montague, 27, who was driving a Kawasaki northbound on Highway 49, north of Cherry Creek, at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday, according to CHP spokesman Greg Tassone.

Montague reportedly was driving in excess of the speed limit and was following other vehicles too closely.

Montague began to yield to the right shoulder while slowing and came to a complete stop briefly before accelerating away from the traffic stop, Tassone said.

He then made an abrupt U-turn directly in front of a Dodge 2500 pickup that was traveling southbound on Highway 49, being driven by Robert Fuller, 45, of Auburn.

Fuller's truck struck the Kawasaki, causing Montague to be ejected from his motorcycle.

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The motorcycle then came to rest in the northbound lane, where it was run over by a Ford F-350 truck and then burst into flames.

Montague reportedly came to rest in the middle of the roadway and suffered major injuries from the impact.

He was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center by Cal-Star air ambulance helicopter. He was in serious condition as of 5 p.m. Friday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

The accident remains under investigation.

Montague had been arrested in early February for a misdemeanor charge possessing a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license with priors. He was set to be arraigned on those charges April 23.

To contact City Editor Liz Kellar, email or call (530) 477-4229.

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