By Joe Beck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia State Police charged a motorcycle rider with one felony and three misdemeanors Monday evening after a 15-mile mile chase through Warren and Shenandoah counties that ended with the rider in custody and his motorcycle lying on the ground.
State police Sgt. F.L. (Les) Tyler said the rider, Craig Wesley Dryan, 48, of Fairfax was uninjured and taken to the Warren County Jail where he was being held on $5,000 bond as of Tuesday morning.
Tyler said the chase began at approximately 6:20 p.m. when Trooper Charles R. Scally saw a BMW motorcycle traveling westbound at a high speed around the four-mile marker on Interstate 66. The motorcycle registered 92 mph in a 70 mph zone and continued speeding west after Scally tried to stop it, Tyler said.
The motorcycle continued westbound and exited southbound onto Interstate 81, Tyler said. The motorcycle then raced down I-81 weaving between vehicles and passing them on the shoulder of the road, according to Tyler.
The motorcycle sped onto exit 296 and continued eastbound on U.S. 55 into Strasburg, Tyler said. He said Strasburg police joined Scally in chasing the motorcycle as it fled through the town and turned south onto U.S. 11. The motorcycle continued out of town and turned onto Green Acre Drive, Tyler said. The chase ended when the motorcycle hit a patch of loose gravel and went down at the intersection of Green Acre Drive and Junction Road around 6:27 p.m., according to Tyler.
Tyler said Dryan was arrested at the scene and charged with felony eluding; reckless driving by speed; general reckless driving; and expired motorcycle inspection.
Tyler said there were no injuries to anyone in the chase, although the state patrol car received minor damage.