Police arrest motorcyclist after high-speed chase
October 4, 2007
A motorcyclist driving in excess of 80 mph on Truckee streets and over Donner Summit ended peacefully Wednesday night with the arrest of the suspected driver.
Truckee Police say Johnpaul Seger, a 26 year-old Truckee resident, was the rider of a high-performance motorcycle that briefly evaded police after being observed speeding at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
The pursuit began when police saw a motorcyclist entering Interstate 80 from Donner Pass Road westbound at high speed, said Truckee Lt. Harwood Mitchell.
The driver then evaded a traffic stop after taking the Coldstream interchange and getting back on Donner Pass Road, Mitchell said.
“Officers tried to make a stop, but he didn’t stop at the stop sign, and continued down past Donner Lake at greater than 80 miles per hour,” Mitchell said.
The pursuing officers lost sight of the rider going up Old Highway 40, so officers backed off, waiting for either the California Highway Patrol or a Nevada County Sheriff’s patrol to pick up the trail, he said.
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But after crossing the summit, the motorcyclist apparently hopped back on the interstate and headed back to Truckee.
“We picked him up again eastbound at the Donner Lake Interchange; he took the off-ramp and we had a rig sitting there, so he gave up,” Mitchell said.
Police arrested Seger on suspicion of a felony charge of evading arrest, and booked him into the Truckee Nevada County Jail.
“Being that there are few roadways and with the number of cops in the area, we had the luxury of locating him again later,” Mitchell said. “But coming back into town may have been a mistake.”