A man riding a motorcycle that at times reached speeds up to 130 mph led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase in southeast Lodi, Morada and North Stockton on Christmas Eve, police said.
The chase, which took place on Eight Mile Road, the eastern Highway 99 frontage road and Harney Lane, took place at about 12:45 p.m., several hours before Santa Claus rode his sleigh to deliver toys to the Lodi area.
The incident actually took place as motorcycles raced north on Interstate 5, as they took the Benjamin Holt Drive exit, according to CHP Officer James Smith.
Smith said Tony P. Goans, 26, the rider of one of the motorcycles, a red Suzuki sport bike, accelerated from officers at a high rate of speed, returned to northbound I-5 and wound across lanes to get through traffic.
After officers lost the speeding motorcyclist, someone called 911 to report Goans speeding east on Eight Mile Road, Smith said. The motorcycle went east across Highway 99 into Morada before blocking the eastern highway frontage road and striking a CHP motorcycle, Smith said.
Goans returned to Highway 99 and rode more than 130 mph before taking the Harney Lane exit, heading east and turning onto a dirt road, Smith said. He ditched the Suzuki behind a small storage building, removed his helmet, jacket and gloves, and fled on foot, Smith said.
As CHP officers approached, the suspect forced his way into a locked building, setting off the building security system. Goans then tried to conceal himself at a nearby residence by pretending to do yard work, Smith said.
Goans was arrested on suspicion of felony reckless evading, assault on a peace officer, burglary and driving with a suspended license. There were no injuries.