Afternoon Newsletter

February 26, 2013

Police: Atwater man leads cops on motorcycle chase

An Atwater man was arrested Sunday night after leading officers on a high-speed chase as he tried to flee on a motorcycle after they tried to pull him over, police reported.

A resident called police about 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 spotted a motorcycle with license plates they thought matched those of the bike that was reported stolen. Police said 24-year-old Paul Candler of Atwater was driving the motorcycle.

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, Joseph said. Candler led police on a two-minute, high-speed vehicle pursuit for more than two miles, he said.

The pursuit ended at Kansas and Fruitland avenues when the driver lost control of the motorcycle and crashed.

Paramedics were called, 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 on the active felony warrant.

Joseph said officers ran the plates of the motorcycle, but could not determine it had been stolen. Candler could face more charges if police confirm the motorcycle was stolen.

He is being held on $126,080 bail.

-- Ramona Giwargis

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