Ukiah dirt bike rider crashes trying to outrun officers, according to police

Running red lights and speeding on an off-road dirt bike along Ukiah city streets, a 28-year-old rider trying to evade police lost his passenger during a pursuit that ended when the rider crashed, according to Ukiah police.

The almost four-mile, 30-minute chase started late Saturday night on South Dora Street when an officer spotted the off-road bike on the city street, violating several vehicle codes. The rider, who had a passenger sitting behind him, sped off when officers tried to stop him, reaching speeds above 60 mph along residential streets.

The passenger fell off the bike when the rider tried to reach a trail in an industrial area on Feedlot Lane and North Bush Street. Officers stopped to help the 22-year-old woman and call for an ambulance.

The rider crashed in a vineyard south of Masonite Road. Officers arrested Jordan Bright of Ukiah on suspicion of reckless evading, driving on a suspended license and violating probation for a prior DUI conviction. He remained in custody Monday afternoon with bail set at $35,000

The woman was treated for injuries at Ukiah Valley Medical Center and released.

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