Police: Trooper clocked motorcycle at 120 mph before attempting traffic stop

by: COURTESY OF OREGON STATE POLICE - Police released this photograph of the 2003 Suzuki motorcycle they say Michael Tejada Echeverria, 19, drove at high speed along Highway 30 while attempting to elude a traffic stop.A 19-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, July 2, after police said he drove his motorcycle down Highway 30 faster than 120 mph while attempting to elude a patrol car.

Michael Tejada Echeverria was arrested and booked at the Columbia County Jail after police found his 2003 Suzuki motorcycle in the parking lot of the Dyno Nobel plant in Deer Island, where he worked.

According to the Oregon State Police, at about 6:26 a.m., Tejada Echeverria was speeding eastbound on Highway 30 near Trojan Park when a senior trooper on patrol caught sight of him and turned on the patrol car's emergency lights, intending to pull the motorcycle over. Tejada Echeverria, already traveling 120 mph on his motorcycle, sped up even faster and veered onto the shoulder and into the westbound lane of the highway to evade the patrol car, an OSP release asserts.

The state trooper broke off the pursuit after losing sight of Tejada Echeverria's motorcycle, according to police, but caught up with the motorcycle after receiving a tip from a log truck driver who reported seeing it pull into the parking lot at Dyno Nobel at about 6:40 a.m.

Tejada Echeverria faces six charges, having been arrested for attempting to elude, reckless driving and reckless endangerment and also being cited for exceeding the posted speed in excess of 100 mph, not having a motorcycle endorsement and driving uninsured.

The jail website does not list him as a current inmate as of Thursday.

Police are seeking witnesses to Tejada Echeverria's alleged driving behavior. They encourage anyone who saw the black and silver motorcycle on Highway 30 between Trojan Park and Dyno Nobel to call 800-452-7888.

Tejada Echeverria is a resident of Longview, Washington. His motorcycle displayed Washington license plates.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct a pronoun.

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