Washington Motorcyclist Arrested Following High Speed Attempts to Elude near Eugene 08/13/2012
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A Des Moines, Washington man was arrested Sunday night by Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers after he attempted to elude at high speeds on Interstate 5 north of Eugene.
According to Lieutenant Rob Edwards, on August 12, 2012 at approximately 10:50 p.m., an OSP trooper traveling south on Interstate 5 near Cottage Grove at milepost 170 saw two northbound motorcycles traveling at very high speeds. A short time later the two motorcycles passed another trooper near milepost 186 who checked their speed radar over 100 mph. The trooper attempted to stop the motorcycles for speed violations but they increased their speed over 100 mph in an attempt to elude the trooper. Due to increased traffic conditions and safety concerns, the trooper terminated his attempt to stop the motorcycles in the Eugene /Springfield area.
North of Eugene near milepost 196, Trooper Evan Sether observed a motorcycle traveling northbound at over 90 mph in a 60 mph speed zone. Sether attempted to stop the motorcycle but the operator once again attempted to elude northbound at speeds that reached in excess of 130 mph. Trooper Clay Core was coming up behind to assist Trooper Sether when a second motorcyclist passed at speeds estimated near 150 mph. Trooper Core tried to stop the second motorcycle but it eluded northbound until he lost sight of it north of Coburg.
The motorcyclist that Trooper Sether was pursuing yielded and stopped near milepost 219. The operator was identified as TIMOTHY SCOTT WIEDLER, age 28, from Des Moines, Washington, and was taken into custody. WIEDLER was later lodged at the Linn County Jail for Felony Attempt to Elude, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangering Another Person. Wielder was operating a 2002 Honda CBR 1000 café style sports bike.
Troopers didn't find the second motorcycle but learned the two motorcyclists were returning to Washington State from a motorcycle rally in southern California. The second operator has been identified and the investigation is continuing.
OSP troopers from the Springfield Area Command office were assisted by troopers from the Albany office and deputies from Linn County Sheriff's Office.