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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

August 6, 2014 at 9:05 PM

Motorcyclist launches off Issaquah overpass to elude police

A speeding motorcyclist suffered serious injuries after launching off an Interstate 90 overpass Wednesday in an attempt to elude a state trooper.

The chase began when the trooper clocked two motorcyclists driving 22 miles over the speed limit and tried to pull them over. The driver of a blue motorcycle sped up to 100-140 miles per hour and got away, said Washington State Patrol spokesman Karim Boukabou.

The trooper chased the other bike, a yellow Ducati, for about six miles as the driver weaved recklessly between traffic and drove on the shoulder, said Boukabou. The trooper eventually backed off, but the motorcyclist continued on I-90, taking the Highlands Drive Northeast exit at speed and plummeting off the edge into the creek.

Boukabou said the fall is about 68 feet. The driver was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment.

It’s unclear why the driver didn’t stop, but it appears he didn’t have a motorcycle endorsement on his driver’s license, said Boukabou.

The Washington State Patrol is asking anyone with information about the second motorcyclist to call 425-401-7788.

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