Cops chase biker in high-speed I-5 pursuit

WOODLAND, Wash. (KOIN) — A motorcyclist topped speeds of 120 mph trying to get away from police Wednesday, before finally taking off on foot.

This high-speed pursuit started in Longview just after 8 p.m. Wednesday. It began as a routine traffic stop, but the suspect, Derek Williams, took off down I-5 and ended in Woodland after the suspect ditched his bike and ran off.

Bystanders describe the motorcyclist zooming past regular-speed highway traffic like it was “standing still” Wednesday night. At one point, police had to pull back because the pursuit became too dangerous.

But if the suspect thought he could outrun police, he was wrong.

A police canine was brought in to track the suspect. Minutes later his helmet was found, along with some clothing. Officers, with guns drawn, cautiously approached a building near where the suspect ditched his bike. They found him hiding inside, and placed him under arrest.

Williams, 39, was charged with eluding a police officer and obstructing a law enforcement officer. He’s being held in the Cowlitz County Jail.

Police said they’re still trying to figure why he ran in the first place.

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