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Motorcyclist flees police in Martinez, crashes at dead end

MARTINEZ — A motorcyclist suspected of trying to drive away from a police stop crashed and was hospitalized Saturday night, police said.
Police suspect the rider of felony evading and driving under the influence in the wreck, which happened around 9:55 p.m. on Alhambra Avenue at Buckley Street. The rider’s injuries were not life-threatening, police said.
It all started when police tried to pull over as it traveled south on Alhambra Avenue near Alhambra High School. The motorcyclist saw the lights, police said, made a U-turn and accelerated north.
The officer pursued the motorcycle until it reached the downtown area, police said. Once there, the officer stopped the chase because of safety reasons, police said.
The motorcycle kept speeding north on Alhambra, police said, running stop signs along the way, until it came to a dead end at Buckley Street. The rider then failed to make the left turn and crashed.
Police and medics treated the rider at the scene, and ambulance rushed the motorcyclist to the hospital.
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The rider’s identity and gender have not been released by police.
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