Street bike pursuit ends in crash 

Motorcyclist hospitalized with serious injuries 


A motorcyclist's decision to attempt to elude a traffic stop resulted in a crash, hospitalization, and several charges for the vehicle operator.

Around 2:30 a.m. on Monday, July 1, a Thurston County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) deputy attempted to stop an erratically driven street bike near 93rd Avenue SW.  

According to the TCSO news release, the motorcyclist fled, prompting a pursuit that led north on I-5 to Highway 101, through neighborhoods, and out to Delphi Road.  In the 1500 block of Delphi Road, the rider lost control, fishtailing and crashing into a mailbox, which resulted in the rider being thrown 25 feet from his bike.  

The deputy provided medical aid until medics arrived, and the rider was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.  

The motorcycle was impounded. 

The rider had active warrants for driving on a suspended license and DUI.  

New charges include suspended driving, eluding a police vehicle, reckless driving, and failure to transfer title. The rider was also a suspect in a similar eluding incident in October 2023.

According to TCSO, this is the second street bike pursuit crash in 24 hours involving their office.  

In an online post, Sheriff Derek Sanders urged motorists not to resort to fleeing, stating, “We encourage drivers thinking about fleeing to reconsider the risk you place upon yourselves and others. Fleeing only has the potential to turn minor issues into major problems.”  

He explained, “By a wide margin, TCSO issues far more verbal warnings than infractions/citations during traffic stops. Fleeing the police in a vehicle, especially on a street bike, is statistically most dangerous for the fleeing driver.”   


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  • Boatyarddog

    Injured? You bet! I cannot condone this criminal behavior. Pretty stupid, warrants,


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  • FirstOtter

    I have family on Delphi Road. They aren't surprised, this rider goes down that road often and it's always way over the speed limit, and it's always late at night. "It was bound to happen."

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