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Pendleton Man Seriously Injured in Motorcycle Crash Attempting to Elude Trooper near Hermiston
04/22/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

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A 51-year old Pendleton man was seriously injured Saturday afternoon when he lost control of his motorcycle and crash off the road north of Hermiston as he attempted to elude an Oregon State Police (OSP) trooper. OSP is continuing the investigation and charges are pending.
 
On April 21, 2012 at approximately 5:45 p.m. an OSP trooper attempted to stop a 2008 Suzuki GSX R1300 motorcycle on Highway 730 near milepost 195 for traveling 111 mph in a 55 mph speed zone. The motocycle's operator failed to yield and sped up to speeds estimated near 130 mph as it passed other vehicles in no passing zones.
 
During the next six minutes the motorcyclist continued recklessly attempting to elude the trooper at high speeds on area roads. Traveling westbound on West Punkin Center Road, the motorcycle lost control at the intersection with Sunshine Lane. At approximately 5:51 p.m, the operator was ejected off the motorcycle as it traveled off the road before both came to rest about 90 feet from the road in sage brush.
 
The seriously injured motorcycle operator, JAMES WAYNE BALL, age 51, from Pendleton, was transported by ambulance to Good Shepherd Medical Center and later transferred by air ambulance to Kadilac Regional Medical Center in Richland, Washington. He was wearing a protective helmet.
 
OSP was assisted during the incident by local police and Hermiston Fire Department.