An Atwater man led police in a high speed chase on a stolen motorcycle on Wednesday, according to officers.
An officer noticed a man riding a motorcycle erratically in the 200 block of E. Bellevue Road around 2 p.m., according to a news release. The officer checked the plates and found the motorcycle had been reported stolen.
The officer attempted to stop the man, who police identified as 27-year-old Jake Ross of Atwater, in the 1500 block of First Street but the he fled at a high rate of speed.
The chase continued until the man was taken into custody near the intersection of Highway 140 and Buhach Road, police said.
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Ross was booked at Merced County Jail on suspicion of felony evasion of police, according to officers. He was also found to be on probation for a prior felony evasion of officers.
He is held without bail, according to jail records.
The stolen motorcycle was towed and will be returned to the owner, police said.