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Posted: Thursday, December 27, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:29 am, Thu Dec 27, 2012.

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.

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  • Robert Jacobs posted at 7:03 am on Sat, Dec 29, 2012.

    Robert Jacobs Posts: 298

    I'm just wondering why the CHP (who seem better trained and a bit more restrained most than most police agencies) would chase someone for ONLY a TRAFFIC INFRACTION at break neck speeds endangering the rest of the public. The fact is no CHP unit is going to even come close to catching up with a motorcycle! This is why they say you can't out run a Motorola.

    Most of the time you just wait until they wrap it around a tree and then scrape what's left of them off the roadway!

    It's never justified chasing a person or persons who are only suspected of a traffic violation, its not worth the potential death or great bodily harm to innocent people that may very well come of it, that is law enforcement 101...

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:28 pm on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1881

    A study done on motorcycle safty found that CAGERS cause MOST of the accidents involving motorcycles. Most common is cars turning left in front of motorcycles going straight. There is very little legal protection for motorcyclists for cagers who DELIBERATELY turn in front of them.


    All that said. I still think these riders who go 130 mph, split between traffic at highway speeds and are, in general, obnoxious fellow road users make the rest of us look bad as well. This is a great example of 2% of a population making the whole look bad.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 3:18 pm on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1881

    Yup, head that name many times.

    Of course we call car drivers "Cagers".

    While many riders are hurt doing stupid things, MANY more are hurt by cagers not caring if they hurt riders. A couple months ago a tow truck driver rammed his truck through a funeral procession of riders (who were honoring a fallen brother who was run down in an intersection), killed three more riders. Why? Cause he got tired of waiting to get to lunch.

    In Oregon there were several riders killed because a cager ASSUMED they were a motorcycle gang and ran his car through the group of them, killing a husband and wife and another man on a different bike. The driver got NO jail time.

  • Ed Walters posted at 1:17 pm on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    the old dog Posts: 353

    A short time ago a friend had a accident on his motor, he was taken to a trama center, as he laid on a gurney, a nurse informed him that there were 5 bike riders ahead of him and he would have to wait since he was the only one consicence. A common name for a motorcycle used by nurses is called a donor cycle.[sad]

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 9:41 am on Thu, Dec 27, 2012.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 1881

    Why do some bikers feel the need to make the rest of us bikers look bad? Throw the book at him. Take his bike and his license.



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