Atwater man arrested in high-speed motorcycle chase

02/25/2013 12:25 PM

02/25/2013 12:27 PM

An Atwater man was arrested Sunday night after a high-speed chase on a motorcycle believed to be stolen, police reported.

A citizen called police around 10:10 p.m. to report a stolen red and white Kawasaki motorcycle near Cedar Avenue and Packers Street, Lt. Sam Joseph said.

Officers searched the area and found a motorcycle with matching plates to the one reported stolen, he said. Police saw a man, identified as 24-year-old Paul Candler of Atwater, driving the bike.

According to Joseph, Candler had a $75,000 felony warrant for his arrest related to possession of drugs in prison.

Police attempted to pull Candler over, but he failed to yield and ran several stop signs. Candler led police in a two-minute high-speed vehicle pursuit for over two miles, Joseph said.

The pursuit ended on Kansas and Fruitland Avenue when the man lost control of the motorcycle and fell off.

Paramedics were called to the scene, but Candler refused medical treatment, Joseph said. He was taken into custody without further incident.

Candler was booked into the Merced County Jail on suspicion of evading police officers, driving on a suspended license and for the active felony warrant.

Joseph said officers ran the plates of the motorcycle, but could not determine it was stolen. Candler could face more charges if the bike is confirmed to be stolen.

There was no damage reported from the incident, Joseph said.

-- Ramona Giwargis

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