A motorcyclist, driving an estimated 120 mph, crashed after trying to elude police while speeding Monday morning along I-97, Anne Arundel County police said.
John Lee Riley Jr., 37, of Scotts Manor Drive in Glen Burnie, crashed after he was unable to negotiate the curve, drove off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment, several small trees and finally the guardrail along I-97 South north of Crownsville Road.
Police said the motorcycle came to rest in the grass approximately 15 feet from the road edge with the driver approximately 30 feet away against the guardrail. The motorcycle traveled more than 700 feet from point where it left the roadway to where it came to rest. The driver was transported to Shock Trauma with serious injuries.
Police said the incident began around 10:39 a.m. when Riley was pulled over for speeding. He allegedly began to pull off to the shoulder before speeding off down I-97. That officer did not pursue Riley, as he passed a second marked patrol car prior to the accident.
Also, police said, its initial investigation indicates excessive speed and driver error on Riley were contributing factors in the crash.
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