Two injured after police chase of motorcycle leads to crash in Clovis

The Fresno BeeFebruary 22, 2014 

Richard Cooper

A short police chase in Clovis of a motorcyclist who refused to pull over for not wearing a helmet resulted in a crash -- the motorcycle driver and his passenger were thrown off the bike after slamming into a truck Saturday morning, said Clovis Police Sgt. Jim Koch.

Police tried to pull the motorcycle over about 8:20 a.m. The police chase, which lasted about five minutes, ended when the bike's driver entered Peach Avenue from Richert Avenue, striking a truck headed southbound on Peach, Koch said.

Peach Avenue south of Gettysburg Avenue to Ashlan Avenue was closed into the late afternoon while the investigation was underway.

The driver of the truck didn't stop initially, but turned himself in later and was found to be an unlicensed driver.

After the accident, the motorcycle driver, Richard Cooper of Fresno, 46, physically fought with police who tried to restrain him. Police found Cooper was under the influence of methamphetamine, with a loaded handgun in his waistband and an illegally concealed dagger. The motorcycle was stolen out of Fresno.

Cooper was booked into Fresno County Jail on a number of felony charges, Koch said.

Cooper's passenger was transported to Community Regional Medical Center with injuries that were not life-threatening.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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