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Man driving motorcycle evades Findlay police after leading them on high speed chase

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FINDLAY, Ohio — A man evaded Findlay police Monday evening after leading them on a high speed pursuit.

Officers observed a man operating a black sport bike near downtown just after 6 p.m.

The subject was driving erratically and committed a couple of minor traffic violations. The motorcycle did not have a license plate attached.

An officer began following the motorcycle and calling out his location to other units.

The motorcycle left the downtown area and continued to drive erratically, according to police.

The officer then lost sight of the vehicle.

Near the intersection of McManness Ave. and Tiffin Ave., the bike was again spotted by police.

The motorcycle made an illegal turn onto Tiffin Ave. eastbound, and pulled away rapidly while weaving in and out of traffic.

At 6:11 p.m., officers initiated a traffic stop on the motorcycle near Tiffin Ave. and Plaza St.

The motorcyclist did not comply and began fleeing the officers.

Speeds reached 80 mph as traffic thinned out near County Road 236. The motorcycle continued eastbound.

Once the motorcycle hit the city limits, speeds were just over 100 mph. The pursuit continued eastbound on US 224, at one point hitting 120 mph, and passed through West Independence.

At that time, officers terminated the pursuit and maintained a visual from a distance due to the speed. The motorcycle was observed turning south on US 23 from the US 224 intersection.

The pursuit covered approximately 11.4 miles.

The motorcycle was observed to be an older, mostly black sport bike with no license plate. The suspect was a “smaller framed” white male, according to police. He was wearing a tan t-shirt and a multi-colored, full-faced helmet with a mirrored face shield.

The incident remains under investigation.

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