Troopers arrest motorcyclist for driving more than 100 mph
June 3, 2011
By Warren Kagarise
UPDATED — 3:30 p.m. June 3, 2011
Washington State Patrol troopers arrested a man in the Issaquah Highlands on Friday afternoon after he drove more than 100 mph on Interstate 90.
The police activity in the highlands prompted Grand Ridge Elementary School administrators to require all children to be accompanied by adults as school ended for the day. In addition, parents might need to park and walk to the school to pick up children due to road closures related to the activity.
If a parent is unable to reach the school, please call another adult or emergency contact to pick up children. If a parent arrives by car, he or she should go to his or her child’s classroom for pickup.
The school is taking precautions, but is not under lock down.
The activity started after the crew in a state patrol Cessna 206 aircraft monitoring King County traffic noticed the motorcycle on the interstate near Preston. Then, after receiving notification from the aircraft crew, a trooper on the ground in a patrol cruiser pulled behind the motorcycle to attempt to stop the vehicle, but the driver continued on undeterred.
The trooper did not chase the motorcycle driver, but did follow him to the highlands. Meanwhile, the aircraft crew continued to monitor the motorcycle and relayed its location to troopers on the ground.
“Because of the extreme speeds and the maneuvering that he was doing, the trooper did not pursue,” Trooper Julie Startup said.
The motorcycle driver later pulled into a garage at a condominium complex and closed the garage door before troopers arrived. The aircraft crew observed the driver pull into the garage. Startup said the man lives at the condominium complex.
He initially refused to come outside to meet troopers, but he later surrendered to the state patrol, she added.
The police response attracted attention from highlands residents. Troopers remain at the scene, and the motorcycle driver is under investigation for reckless driving and eluding police.