One arrested after high-speed chase

By Sun-Star staffJanuary 13, 2014 

A brief 100-mph motorcycle chase over the weekend in Livingston ended when the teenage rider abruptly pulled to the side of the road and surrendered, the Livingston Police Department reported.

Adam Rodriguez, 19, was arrested on suspicion of evading police and driving without a license, both misdemeanors, and cited for speeding, according to police records.

Chief Ruben Chavez said Rodriguez admitted making a “dumb mistake” and was released a short time later.

An officer spotted a motorcycle rider around 3:25 p.m. Saturday traveling west “at a high rate of speed” on Peach Avenue near Main Street, police said.

The rider accelerated away from police when they activated sirens, Chavez said.

Officers pursued the motorcycle on Peach Avenue and said the chase reached speeds between 80 and 100 mph, police said.

Police said the motorcycle rider suddenly pulled to the side of the road on Peach Avenue at Robin Avenue and surrendered, about a mile and a half from where the pursuit began.

Rodriguez was released after being interviewed and photographed at the Livingston police station.

The case will be forwarded to the Merced County District Attorney’s Office for review and possible prosecution.

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