posted on August 05, 2011 13:57
Sheriff's Department Patrol Chief Gordon Dibble confirmed to WBTA this morning that his department has identified several suspects following a Thursday evening motorcycle chase through Batavia.
The rider of an over 20-year-old racing bike got away on foot last night, after his motorcycle broke down in East Bethany.
It all began around 7:00pm in the City of Batavia, when the unidentified rider was pulled over by Deputy Joseph Graff on Bank Street for not having any license plates.
"He started to pull over on Bank Street, and then took off," says Chief Dibble. "With Deputy Graff in pursuit, they went down Washington Avenue, Ross Street, across Main Street, and eventually to Route 63 and out of the city."
Another deputy joined in the chase, which sped out towards East Bethany. Somewhere along the way, the rider's bike-chain snapped. He continued to ride the motorcycle, eventually leaving the roadway and crashing through a corn field. The rider abandoned his motorcycle and his helmet, and ran off.
K-9 units and a State Police helicopter were dispatched to search the area for the suspect, but searches could not turn him up.
Now, says Dibble, the investigation has narrowed onto several men.
"It's a possibility that he was doing more than just riding that motorcycle, and that's why he ran," the chief says. "We have indication that he may have some criminal history."
The suspect is only described as a male. He was wearing a backpack during the chase.