OAKHURST — A motorcyclist was airlifted to the hospital after attempting to elude police on Highway 41 in Oakhurst last night.
Just after 11 p.m., a CHP officer was headed southbound into Oakhurst near Suburban Propane when a Honda GL1100 motorcycle passed him in the opposite direction at a high rate of speed.
The officer made a U-turn and turned on his flashing lights to initiate a traffic stop on a 40-year-old male whose bike was registered out of an address in Raymond.
According to CHP at the scene, the motorcycle initially slowed as if the driver were going to pull over, then sped off northbound, passing a Suburban that was in the lane ahead of him.
When he got to the sharp curve just north of El Cid, the driver lost control of the bike and careened off the west side of the road and into a field, where he crashed.
When officers reached the driver, they attempted to render medical aid, but the man fought them, says CHP, saying that he just wanted “to go home.”
Cal Fire, Madera County Fire and Sierra Ambulance responded to the scene, and the man was transported by ground ambulance to the landing zone at Vons and flown to Community Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries.
CHP is investigating the accident and suspect that alcohol was a contributing factor. The driver may also be charged with attempting to evade a peace officer.