|High-speed chase ends with bike crash in Arbala|
|Faith Huffman | News-Telegram News Editor|
June 10, 2005 - A high-speed police chase that started in a Sulphur Springs residential area concluded in Arbala shortly before 10 p.m. Monday, when a 21-year-old Sulphur Springs man crashed a motorcycle and was taken into custody.
At 9:58 p.m. Monday, approximately 11 minutes after the chase began, Sulphur Springs Patrol Officer Mitch Griggs, assisted by Lt. Scotty Sewell, placed William Warren “Will” Bryant into custody for felony evading arrest or detention with a vehicle.
Sulphur Springs firemen, while responding to a call, reported a man was driving recklessly and making obscene gestures. Bryant was reported to have pulled up beside their fire engine, ran a stop sign at the corner of Lee and Fisher streets, and “flipped them off.”
Patrolman Griggs located a blue Suzuki Katana motorcycle, driven by Bryant, as it turned west onto Lee Street from South Broadway Street at 9:47 p.m.
As the officer approached the motorcycle in his patrol car, the bike accelerated, according to reports. Griggs continued following the bike down Lee Street, activating his siren in an attempt to stop the driver, according to police reports. Griggs continued following the bike onto West Industrial Drive, through the rear of an apartment complex where he activated his lights. The pursuit continued south on Waco Street, then east — the wrong way — on West Industrial Drive.
The pursuit again looped back on Fisher and Lee streets. The bike continued down Lee Street to League Street, where he continued to gain speed while traveling across the overpass toward Arbala.
Bryant began pulling away from Griggs’ patrol car, reaching speeds over 120 miles per hour as he passed two vehicles on FM 2297. When the bike failed to make a turn onto County Road 1104, the bike rider continued down 2297 at about 100 mph. The motorcyclist failed to negotiate the curve approaching County Road 1193 but managed to continued driving in the grass through the ditch, then reentered the road on County Road 1193, a rock-topped road, where he soon lost control of the bike. After a brief struggle, Bryant was taken into custody. When asked why he didn’t stop, Bryant told Griggs, “I was scared.”