A Washington C.H. man who led police on a motorcycle and foot pursuit during the early morning hours Friday is in custody.
Just before 2:40 a.m., a Washington Police Department officer observed a motorcycle on Earl Avenue at North Street, and realized that the driver of the vehicle was not wearing protective eye-wear, according to reports. The motorcycle was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed and went left of center as it passed the Cruz-Thru on North Street.
The officer activated his cruiser’s emergency lights and siren, but the driver failed to comply and stop the motorcycle, reports said. The motorcycle continued northbound on Bloomingburg New Holland Road, made a southbound turn onto Bush Road, made an eastbound turn while running a stop sign onto Old US 35, and traveled back toward town.
While traveling at speeds of 80 to 90 miles per hour, the suspect ran the stop sign at Dayton Avenue, traveled southbound on Oakland Avenue, and made a northbound turn into an alley just before Clinton Avenue. The suspect ran a red light on Temple Street, ran a stop sign at North Street, and attempted to make a left hand turn onto Belle Avenue where the motorcycle hit some loose gravel and spun out, police said.
The suspect immediately fled on foot in the area of North Street and Belle Avenue. Officers eventually apprehended him by deploying a taser.
The suspect was identified as Ermon D. Whitamore, 38, of 244 Belle Ave. He was charged with various traffic violations, failing to comply (fleeing & eluding), obstructing official business and resisting arrest.
Whitamore is being held in the Fayette County Jail on a $15,000 bond for the charges from Friday’s incident, as well as being held without bond on a probation violation.
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