Monday, 06 February 2023

Ukiah man arrested for evading officer, reckless driving

LAKE COUNTY – A Ukiah man was arrested after attempting to escape on his motorcycle from a Lake County Sheriff's sergeant.


Lt. Cecil Brown of the Lake County Sheriff's Office reported that 36-year-old Troy Allen Crabtree was arrested in the incident.


Brown reported that Sgt. Kip Ringen was driving a marked patrol car near the intersection of Highway 29 and Live Oak Drive in Kelseyville at about 3 p.m. Monday when he saw a black Suzuki GSXR 1000 motorcycle traveling north on Highway 29 on its rear wheel.


Ringen attempted to stop the motorcycle and contact the rider, later identified as Crabtree, Brown reported.


Instead of pulling over, Crabtree accelerated to more than 100 miles per hour, Brown reported. He passed four northbound vehicles over the double yellow line, and caused two southbound vehicles to pull off of the roadway to avoid a collision with the motorcycle.


Brown's report said Ringen pursued Crabtree on Highway 29, Merritt Road, Renfro Drive and Bell Hill Road, where he lost sight of the motorcycle.


As Ringen approached Hummell Lane, he saw a man pointing down Hummell Lane, according to Brown's report.


Ringen subsequently found the Suzuki on its side in a cloud of dust on the shoulder of Hummell Lane, with Crabtree running from the motorcycle, still wearing his helmet, Brown reported.


Brown reported that Ringen pursued Crabtree on foot, and as he began to overtake him he ordered Crabtree to stop.


At that point, Crabtree finally stopped and submitted to arrest, Brown reported.


Crabtree was booked into the Lake County Jail for evading a peace officer and reckless driving. He has since posted bail for $11,000 and was released.


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