Flying biker eludes police during chase

Published 12:03am Wednesday, December 19, 2012

FERRIDAY — Ferriday police are searching for a rider who apparently survived going airborne after a high-speed motorcycle crash following a police chase Monday evening.

Ferriday Police Chief Richard Madison said the police department received a call from the Concordia Parish Sheriff’s Office that someone had complained about a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed toward Ferriday from the Black Bayou area.

An officer was able to intercept the motorcycle at Delaware Avenue and after turning onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard turned on the police car lights to initiate a traffic stop.

“The operator of the motorcycle indicated with hand gestures that he was having problems and he was pulling off at a safe area,” Madison said.

“When the officer pulled over, the operator gunned the motorcycle and headed west on U.S. 84, and a high-speed chase ensued. The operator lost control of the motorcycle approximately 6.2 miles outside of Ferriday in a curve, and at that time he went airborne.”

When officers arrived at the site of the crash, however, they could not locate the driver of the motorcycle. FPD, CPSO and Wildlife and Fisheries officers searched the area for the driver but did not locate him, Madison said.

The driver’s backpack, which contained his ID and credit cards, was located in the area of the wreck. The chief declined to name the driver, but said a warrant had been issued for his arrest.

The motorcycle involved in the accident was reported stolen from Mississippi, Madison said.

The FPD later received a report that the driver was picked up by a hunter in Clayton.

Madison said the motorcycle’s operator had agreed to turn himself in, but had not done so Tuesday afternoon.