As NEWS24-680 reported on our Facebook page as it was happening today, a motorcyclist reportedly fleeing Martinez police ultimately crashed on State Route 4 at about 3:46 p.m. – injuring himself and tying up traffic on the highway as first responders sought to render aid.
CHP investigators report that a Martinez officer saw the motorcyclist speeding in the area of eastbound SR-4, approaching Pine Street. The officer attempted to catch up to the motorcycle to initiate a traffic stop, police said, but the motorcycle continued east on SR-4 at an estimated speed of 100 mph.
The officer activated emergency lights and sirens but upon realizing the motorcycle was approaching traffic congestion at a high rate of speed, the officer turned off his emergency equipment in the area of SR-4 and Morello Avenue. The officer then pulled to the right side of the roadway to fall in behind traffic waiting to exit SR-4 at Pacheco Boulevard, according to the CHP.
As the officer pulled to the right to exit the freeway, he noted an accident ahead of him in the area of eastbound SR-4 at the southbound I-680 transition road. Around this time, a citizen told the officer that a motorcycle had collided with other cars and was blocking the roadway. The Martinez officer rendered medical aid with the assistance of a bystander, according to the CHP.
Contra Costa County Fire Department and American Medical Response were requested and responded to the scene. The rider involved in the collision was determined to be the same subject who fled from the police officer only moments prior. He was treated for “multiple” broken bones and other injuries at a local hospital, according to police.
Th collision is still under investigation by the California Highway Patrol. If anyone witnessed this incident, they ask that you call them at 925.646.4980.