At about 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, a man riding a 2007 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle was spotted speeding by California Highway Patrol at 140 miles per hour on southbound Interstate 5 freeway in San Juan Capistrano before crashing at Camino Capistrano.
A 23-year-old man, whose name has not yet been released, from Oceanside was being pulled over by a CHP patrol officer before speeding away. The motorcycle was too fast for the officer to continue the pursuit, according to a collision report, but when the pursuing officer exited the freeway at Camino Capistrano the he noticed a headlamp facing toward him and discovered the rider’s motionless body.
The rider was taken to Mission Hospital by Orange County Fire Authority and treated for “severe” injuries. His condition is not known at this time.
CHP spokesperson officer Raymond Scheidnes said it has not been determined whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the attempt to flee or the crash. An official complaint has not been filed with the district attorney, but Scheidnes said it is likely CHP will ask the DA to charge the rider with evading a police officer.
For the time being, the rider remains at the hospital and the charges may come at a later date, Scheidnes said.
Anyone with additional information in this case can contact CHP Capistrano Area at 949.487.4000 or report it to the Crime Incident Reporting System at www.chp.ca.gov.