High speed motorcycle pursuit ends in Colusa County

A San Mateo man led officers on a high speed chase through Glenn and Colusa counties on Thursday before he finally pulled over for California Highway Patrol officers near Hahn Road and was arrested.

According to CHP, at about 1:00 PM on Feb. 1, a CHP aircraft conducting speed enforcement on southbound Interstate 5 observed a motorcycle splitting lanes at speeds over 100 mph near County Road 7, in the northern part of Glenn County. The aircraft immediately notified dispatch, which transmitted the information to officers on the ground from the Willows Area CHP.

Officers attempted to initiate a stop on southbound I-5 at County Road 35, but the driver, identified as 31-year-old Goerge Luis Batrez Marroquin, failed to yield to the patrol vehicle’s emergency lights and sirens, evading officers at speeds of 140 mph. Williams Area CHP Officers took over the pursuit at the Maxwell Rest Area. Batrez continued to evade officers while traveling at speeds between 120 and 140 mph, before he suddenly came to a stop on the right shoulder of southbound Interstate 5 near Hahn Road. A felony stop procedure was initiated and the driver was taken into custody without further incident.

“With a motorcycle, it would be very difficult to keep up in that pursuit with the regular patrol vehicles,” said Williams Area CHP Public Information Officer Franco Castillo. “We were fortunate enough that the aircraft was right above that location when they first observed the vehicle, and was able to stay with it to relay its location to units on the ground. Thankfully, nobody was injured and we were able to remove him from the roadway.”

Batrez was arrested and booked into Colusa County Jail on suspicion of evading a peace officer with wanton disregard for safety and driving a vehicle with a suspended license. His bail was set at $50,000. ■

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Brian Pearson is the Managing Editor & Reporter for the Williams Pioneer Review. Brian joined the Williams Pioneer Review in June 2016 and is committed to bringing hyperlocal news to its readers. A few of his projects include reporting on local government and the newly feature sports page. To contact Brian about this article, or for future articles, please email him at brian@colusacountynews.net