One taken into custody following early morning pursuit

An early Saturday morning pursuit allegedly led officers to discover drugs and paraphernalia on a motorcycle driver.

Around 3 a.m. Saturday, Bryce James Cole, 38, was taken into custody on charges including willfully fleeing officers, DUl-drugs, and H&S – possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a statement from CHP.

Just before 3 a.m. May 15,  Susanville CHP officers Beem and McLain  were working as the solo graveyard unit and observed a red and gray motorcycle, with a solo rider, traveling west bound on Main Street at Fairfield Avenue in Susanville.

According to the statement from CHP, the rider was traveling at a high rate of speed, approximately 40 to 45 MPH in a 30 MPH speed zone. Officer Beem accelerated in an attempt to overtake the motorcycle as it turned north onto Ash Street, and the rider then turn west onto 1st Street. The rider allegedly failed to stop for the posted stop sign at the intersection with Park Street and turned north.

The rider then turned west onto 4th Street and Officer Beem initiated a traffic enforcement stop by activating the patrol vehicles overhead lights and siren.

The rider of the motorcycle allegedly failed to yield, and instead accelerated in an attempt to flee, read the statement. The rider proceeded to drive at a high rate of speed, run several stop signs and drive wrong way over double yellow lines in an alleged attempt evade officers while he traversed several city streets in Susanville.

The rider eventually turned down Dillon Ct., which is a dead end road, from Willow Street and yielded. The rider was immediately taken into custody by Officer Beem and Officer McLain without incident.

“After the rider was placed under arrest, Officer Beem observed he displayed objective signs and symptoms of drug intoxication and subsequently located drug paraphernalia and drugs on the rider’s person. The rider of the motorcycle was also on Felony Post Release Community Supervision out of Shasta County, and had a Felony “No bail” warrant for his arrest out of Shasta County,” read the statement.