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Motorcyclist Cited After Attempting to Elude into California
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext. 247

A Klamath Falls man was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) Thursday evening after he fled into California on his motorcycle thinking OSP troopers would not continue trying to stop him.
On July 30, 2009 at approximately 6:30 p.m. OSP Senior Trooper Kevin Roach accompanied by Recruit Trooper Derek Ellena were patrolling on Highway 97 south of Klamath Falls when they observed a southbound motorcycle near milepost 285. The motorcycle's speed was checked on radar at 89 mph, and upon seeing the OSP patrol car the operator accelerated the motorcycle reaching speeds estimated at 120 mph.
While trying to keep the motorcycle in sight, they saw it overtake and pass several vehicles before going out of sight after about seven miles to the Oregon / California border.
OSP continued southbound into California and OSP regained sight of the motorcycle about one mile into California where it continued at a slower but still considerable high rate of speed.

Upon entering Dorris, California about four miles south of the border, the 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle yielded to the OSP patrol vehicle's emergency lights and stopped after a final distance of approximately 11 miles.
The operator, GEORGE LEROY NERIDA, age 41, from Klamath Falls, admitted to attempting to elude police and that his top speed was 130 mph. NERIDA felt that once he was in California, OSP would not continue.
NERIDA was cited to appear in Klamath County Circuit Court and released at the scene for Felony Attempting to Elude Police, Reckless Driving, and Exceeding the Post Speed in Excess of 100 mph to wit: 130 mph in a 55 mph speed zone.