SEATTLE – The Washington State Patrol says a motorcyclist that was pulled over earlier this month is a suspect they've been looking for in the case of a trooper who rolled his patrol car while chasing a group of speeding motorcycle riders.
WSP has released video from its air unit, Smokey 4, following the rider from Pierce County to Bellevue on Sept. 11. At first, it appears the rider is with several other motorcycles, one of which does a wheelie on the freeway. The suspect can later be seen zipping past cars and even riding on the shoulder to pass a vehicle in the HOV lane.
The 33-year-old rider was caught at a gas station. He was arrested and booked for DUI and reckless driving. Troopers then realized that he was one of the suspects involved last month's incident on Interstate 5 in Tukwila.
The state patrol says on August 10, a trooper was chasing a group of motorcycles going 100 mph. The riders allegedly cut in front of the trooper and hit their brakes, forcing the trooper to hit his brakes. He lost control and flipped several times. The trooper says some of the riders stopped and started pointing and clapping, then rode away.
WSP says the rider identified himself as the president of the local biker club Demon Dogz.
The state patrol says it believes there is enough evidence to move forward with the case and will forward charges to the prosecutor.