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Suspect Bails After Motorcycle Chase In North Fork

NORTH FORK — A high speed motorcycle chase in the North Fork area ended with one person on the way to the hospital, and another still at large.

At about 1:30 p.m. Sheriff’s Deputy Ian Roth initiated a stop in downtown North Fork on a 2004 KTM motorcycle, for an unregistered vehicle.

The driver, described as a male, about 6′ 1″ wearing brown coveralls, failed to yield and took off down Road 200, then turned south onto Road 222 towards Auberry, traveling at speeds up to 70 mph with a female passenger, according to Sgt. Larry Rich.

The deputy was able to maintain visual contact with the bike as it turned east onto Corrine Lake Road. Just past Box Canyon Road, the driver skidded to a stop, laid the bike over in the dirt, and ran off into the brush, leaving the female passenger at the scene with complaints of pain and nausea.

Deputy Roth reportedly located a loaded .45 caliber hand gun in a backpack attached to the handlebars of the bike.

CHP responded to the incident, along with Cal Fire Engine 4275 and Madera County Fire Station 11, Sierra Ambulance and Sky Life One helicopter. Sky Life was called off and the unidentified female was transported to St. Agnes by ground ambulance.

The motorcycle is reported to be registered to Progressive Casualty Insurance out of Rancho Cordova. The identity of the male driver, who is still at large, is uncertain at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office and CHP continue their investigation.

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