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Motorcyclist Crashes During Police Chase

A motorcyclist accused of fleeing police survived a high-speed crash without a helmet. He remained hospitalized Monday in fair condition. Bond for David Charles Smith, 48, of Galveston, was set at $60,000 on a charge of felony evading police in a vehicle, stemming from a Friday evening chase and wreck.

An officer driving north saw the motorcyclist at 8:01 p.m. traveling south in the 5800 block of FM 2004. He activated the radar and clocked him at 126 mph in a 45 mph speed zone The activated his emergency lights, but the driver didn’t slow down. And when he passed the officer, he flipped him off. The officer turned around to give chase as the motorcyclist approached the state Highway 6 intersection.

According to the officer the motorcyclist went through the intersection against a red light in excess of 100 mph and continued south on 2004. "We never got within a half mile of him,” stated the pursuiing officer.

The chase ended in the 8200 block of FM 2004, when the Harley Davidson motorcycle collided with a northbound Ford pickup. The motorcyclist likely was unable to negotiate the slight right curve.

Currently we are waiting on the final accident reconstruction to come back, but he probably was traveling in excess of 100mph when he sideswiped a truck from headlight to taillight.

The motorcycle and Smith came to rest about 100 yards from the crash site. The motorcycle landed in a ditch, and Smith was in the roadway just past the old blimp base. The motorcyclist drove past a state trooper, who had a drunken-driving suspect detained and couldn’t join the pursuit. A medical helicopter flew Smith to the University of Texas Medical Branch, where a hospital spokesman listed him in fair condition Monday.

Authorities drew a blood sample to test for alcohol. The test is being handled by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Kennelly said. The Galveston County Sheriff’s Office also investigated the crash because it involved a Hitchcock police pursuit.

“The main thing I think that is important here is this individual, prior to us having contact with him, was already posing such a threat to the public,” Kennelly said. “He was already doing 126 mph before he saw the police.”


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