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SALEM, Ore. -- A 19-year-old motorcyclist escaped injury after a high-speed crash on Interstate 5 Friday afternoon.

Dustin Pitzer, of Tualatin, was riding his motorcycle southbound on I-5, near Portland Road just before 1:00 p.m. when Marion County Deputy Jeff Nicoloff clocked him at 112 mph.

Nicoloff pulled onto the freeway and turned on his emergency lights, but rather than stopping, Pitzer sped up.

Nicoloff said during the pursuit the motorcycle weaved between lanes and drove on the shoulder to elude arrest.

Pitzer was clocked at 125 mph at one point during the chase. Nicoloff recorded the license number of the motorcycle and stopped the pursuit.

Several minutes later, Nicoloff exited the freeway at Mission Street, where he discovered that the motorcycle had crashed. Several witnesses had detained Pitzer after he tried to run away.

Investigators later found that Pitzer s excessive speed prevented him from negotiating the bend in the off ramp at exit 253. The cycle left the roadway and traveled 450 feet, ejecting Pitzer as it slid south on the median grass.

The cycle then crashed into the front of a car circling the ramp from westbound Mission Street to southbound I-5. The driver of that vehicle was not injured in the crash.

To the amazement of everyone, Pitzer was also uninjured, said Don Thomson, of the Marion County Sheriff s Office. Pitzer explained to Deputy Nicoloff that he fled because he didn't want to get another ticket.

Pitzer was charged with hit and run, reckless driving, attempting to elude, driving without insurance. He was also cited for unsafe lane changes and excessive speed: 125 mph in a 65 mph zone.

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