Officials seek motorcyclist who prompted chase
Rowan investigators are looking for a motorcyclist who took deputies and other law enforcement agencies on a high speed chase Wednesday throughout the county.
A deputy was on routine patrol on Briggs Road when he saw the motorcyclist heading in the opposite direction, speeding at an estimated 90 mph, a report said.
The deputy clocked the biker going about 83 mph and turned around with his lights and siren on.
The motorcyclist looked over his shoulder and sped up, a report said.
The report said the motorcycle did not have a license plate and the rider was a white male wearing a silver helmet with a brown T-shirt and light colored shorts. The motorcyclist passed traffic in a no passing zone and continued to speed at 100 mph on Miller Road into China Grove.
The biker only slowed down in a curve at Crystal Creek Drive in China Grove and eventually lost control of the motorcycle. He crashed into a ditch at 1850 Stirewalt Road, was thrown off the motorcycle and not long after, got up. The report said the deputy got out of his patrol car, but before he could reach the man, the biker hopped back on and took off.
The officer was able to catch up to the rider near Weaver Road, where the motorcyclist ran a stop sign. Soon after, the deputy lost sight of him at Weaver and Patterson roads.
China Grove and troopers with the N.C. Highway Patrol all aided in the chase.
The motorcycle is described as a silver and red slim bike.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the motorcyclist is asked to contact the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office at 704-216-8700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.