A motorcycle trying to elude a Washington State Patrol trooper on eastbound I-90 at West Lake Sammamish Parkway, Wednesday afternoon, August 6, 2014, apparently exited the freeway at
Sunset Way/Issaquah Highlands and missed a turn, which ended in serious injury for the driver, and a chaotic scene for I-90 drivers.
According to a WSP Twitter feed, the driver of the motorcycle continued to flee from police on Highlands Way, even when the trooper turned off his emergency lights and terminated the pursuit on the exit ramp.
The 22-year old male driver from Newcastle didn’t make the turn and ended up launching off of the Highlands off-ramp and into the Issaquah Creek adjacent eastbound I-90 below, falling approximately 70 feet.
Via Twitter, WSP said two motorcycles originally fled from the trooper, one blue and one yellow. The 2003 yellow Ducati motorcycle crashed and the blue one is still outstanding.
According to a Washington State Patrol incident report, the driver, who did not have a motorcycle endorsement but was wearing a helmet, was transported to Harborview Medical Center with serious injuries.
The incident report states drugs and alcohol were not involved and the motorcycle was totaled in the crash. The driver will be charged with ‘attempting to elude.’
Any drivers that may have information about the missing blue motorcycle are asked to call WSP at 425.401.7788.