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Motorcyclist Arrested After High-Speed Chase Through Riverside County

The wanted driver nearly slammed into a passing car as he navigated an intersection

By Alex Calder and Ryan Bourgard
|  Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013  |  Updated 1:34 PM PDT
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A motorcyclist lead police on an hour-long, dangerous high-speed chase Monday night through Riverside County. Raw video from Monday Nov. 18, 2013.

A motorcyclist lead police on an hour-long, dangerous high-speed chase Monday night through Riverside County. Raw video from Monday Nov. 18, 2013.

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A motorcyclist led police on an hour-long, high-speed pursuit Monday night on twisting Riverside County roads.

The chase began about 8:15 p.m. in the city of Riverside when officers tried to pull over the driver during a "traffic stop," according to a spokesperson for the Riverside Police Department. The rider was wanted for a vehicle code violation, according to Riverside police.

The chase began on the 91 Freeway then traveled over surface streets, at one point winding through a commercial parking lot. The wanted driver missed a passing car by inches while trying to navigate through an intersection in Corona and was also seen driving against traffic.

Speeds reached 100 mph during the pursuit, police said.

A squad car stayed about a car's length away from the motorcyclist throughout the chase. Officers trailed the motorcycle along winding roads near Lake Mathews, about 12 miles south of Riverside.

The chase ended nearly about 9:15 p.m. when the motorcyclist jumped off his bike and caught by police near Lake Mathews.

Minutes before the chase ended, severe weather over Lake Mathews forced the pursuing police helicopter -- and Newschopper 4 -- to land.

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