Atwater police search for motorcycle rider who they say fled

Authorities are looking for a man who they say fled on a motorcycle when officers tried to stop him, managing to elude them after a brief high-speed chase, Atwater police reported Thursday.

Police spotted a motorcycle with a false registration tag on its license plate just after 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Sure Stop Gas Station, 972 Broadway Ave., Lt. Samuel Joseph said.

Officers discovered the phony registration after checking the motorcycle’s license plate through state Department of Motor Vehicle records, Joseph said.

The man pulled away on the motorcycle, ignoring police attempts to stop him, officers said. Police said the motorcyclist continued to ignore police lights and sirens and turned east onto Broadway.

The rider blew through several stop signs, heading the wrong way through traffic, narrowly avoiding oncoming drivers on First Street, police said.

“The driver eventually entered northbound (Highway 99) and because of the reckless way the driver was proceeding, the investigation was terminated,” police said in the news release.

Police believe they may know the identity of the rider, but declined to elaborate and are asking for the public’s help.

The motorcycle is described as an older red Honda with California license plate 17B5232.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Atwater Police Department at (209) 357-6396.