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Motorcyclist eludes police, causes police cruiser to crash

The Oregon State Police's search for a speeding motorcyclist who eluded the Oregon State Police early Sunday morning on Highway 30 near Clatskanie during a high-speed chase that caused a police cruiser to spin out of control ended when the suspect voluntarily turned himself in.

Nicholas R. Boehler III, 30, from Westport, came to the OSP Astoria Area Command office on Tuesday, Sept. 27, and fully cooperated with investigators.

OSP Trooper Jessica Spurlock attempted to stop the speeding cyclist, who was clocked going 74 in a 55 mph speed zone, when the cyclist sped off eastbound at speeds nearing 120 mph.

Spurlock remained close to the cyclist, but she eventually lost control of her 2010 Ford Crown Victoria patrol car, which crashed into an embankment near milepost 59.

Boehler was cited to appear October 24 in Columbia County Circuit Court on the following charges: Felony attempt to elude using a motor vehicle, reckless driving, violation of the basic rule to wit, 74 mph in a 55 mph speed zone, and

no operators license to wit, no motorcycle endorsement.