Motorcyclist on wild ride
Linda man ‘did some good riding’ during 45-minute chase
By Rob Young/Appeal-Democrat
August 15, 2007 - 11:52PM
A Linda motorcyclist eluded law enforcement officers for 45 minutes Wednesday, racing through orchards with patrol cars in hot pursuit and scattering construction workers.
Ronald Lamar Stalions was finally arrested about 12:25 p.m. after a California Highway Patrol airplane started tracking him, said Capt.
Ron Johnson of the Yuba County Sheriff’s Department.
Cars “literally pulled off the road” and flagmen jumped aside in a construction zone on Feather River Boulevard to avoid Stalions’ speeding 1978 Honda street bike, said Capt. Johnson.
No one was injured during the long chase, said Johnson, who participated. He acknowledged that Stalions, 53, “did some good riding.”
The incident began at 11:40 a.m. when Stalions sped away from a patrol car near the Linda Wal-Mart store on North Beale Road, apparently because he was riding with an expired license plate and a suspended driver’s license, said Johnson.
Stalions went north on North Beale Road at about 60 mph, turning right onto Shad Road. The pursuit wound “in and around”’ the area known as the Shad Pad before Stalions headed south on Feather River Boulevard, going through the construction zone at about 65 mph, said Johnson.
When the pursuit entered orchards near the Feather River levee, the CHP’s eye in the sky “kept us close” to the motorcycle, Johnson said.
Stalions hit a bump in an orchard and “wrecked the bike.” He was not injured and surrendered without further incident, said Johnson.
Stalions was arrested on suspicion of reckless driving and evading officers in addition to the alleged license offenses. He was booked into Yuba County Jail. Bail was set at $50,000.