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Glen Burnie Man Injured In Motorcycle Crash In Attempt To Flee Traffic Stop

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)—A Glen Burnie man is seriously injured after attempting to flee from two patrol cars on his motorcycle.

It happened Monday just after 10:30 a.m. Police say John Lee Riley Jr., 37, was traveling south on I-97 in a 2007 Honda RR1000 motorcycle when he passed a marked Anne Arundel County patrol car.

The officer turned on his emergency lights to stop the motorcycle, which slowed and began to pull to the shoulder. But before coming to a stop, Riley accelerated and fled the scene. Police say the officer in the patrol car turned off his emergency lights and made no attempt to follow Riley.

Police say Riley continued to speed down I-97, passing another marked Anne Arundel patrol car that was traveling south on I-97, south of Crownsville Road.

The motorcycle, estimated to be traveling around 120 mph, was unable to negotiate the curve, drove off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment, several small trees and finally the guardrail.  The motorcycle came to rest in the grass approximately 15 feet from the road edge with Riley approximately 30 feet away against the guardrail. The motorcycle traveled more than 700 feet from point where it left the roadway to where it came to rest.

Riley was transported to Shock Trauma with serious injuries.

Preliminary investigation indicates excessive speed and driver error as contributing factors in the crash.

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