Motorcyclist hurt in hot, high-speed pursuit
Senior Staff Writer
A motorcycle rider is in the county jail Thursday in lieu of nearly $12,000 bail after allegedly leading California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase through Grass Valley.
Tyler Addiego, 23, of Grass Valley, raced through stops signs and lost officers twice before he eventually crashed and injured himself Wednesday night, CHP Officer Folke Lilyquist said.
Addiego remains in custody on suspicion of felony evading a police officer, reckless driving and driving on a suspended license, according to jail records.
The officer spotted Addiego’s motorcycle at Freeman Lane and McKnight Way at about 7:05 p.m. Wednesday and noticed it did not have a rear license plate. Before he could even turn his emergency lights on for a traffic stop, Addiego took off eastward on McKnight and then turned north on South Auburn Street.
“He was running stop signs at 75 mph” before turning onto the Golden Center Freeway access road now known as Hansen Way, eventually speeding onto the freeway’s northbound lanes at Bennett Street.
“I lost sight of him at Dorsey Drive, but my partner, Officer Rigo Morffi, was at Gold Flat Road” where Addiego exited the freeway, Lilyquist said. Morffi tried to stop Addiego, but the rider took off again on Gold Flat and went south on Pittsburg and Pittsburg Mine roads before turning east onto Banner Lava Cap Road.
During that pursuit, Morffi lost Addiego, but found him again up the hill on Butterfly Drive off of Mayflower Drive, Lilyquist said. A third pursuit ensued, and Morffi soon was chasing Addiego west back down Banner Lava Cap.
“I was waiting at Banner and Gracie (Road),” Lilyquist said. “He saw me and lost control,” and both Addiego and the motorcycle went flying.
“He got up and started to run up an embankment,” Lilyquist said, before the officers ran him down. “We were about to use the Tasers, but he gave up instead.”
The suspect was arrested at the scene and transported to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released for a dislocated shoulder “and lots and lots of road rash,” Lilyquist said.
To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4237.
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