DAHLONEGA, Ga. – What started as a Be On the Lookout (BOLO) for a motorcyclist riding in a reckless manner, ended in a high-speed chase, crash and the arrest of seven of the motorcyclist’s fellow riders.
Lt. Alan Roach of the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office reported that a deputy on patrol on Ga. Hwy. 9 received the BOLO then spotted a black motorcycle travelling north near Ben Higgins Road at a high rate of speed.
The deputy activated the lights and siren on his marked patrol vehicle. As the pursuit entered into City of Dahlonega, the driver of the motorcycle lost control and crashed while negotiating a curve. The responding officers provided medical attention until EMS arrived.
Roach said deputies had difficulty communicating with the unidentified motorcyclist in an attempt to determine the extent of injuries due to a language barrier.
“He was able to communicate to the officer in some broken English that he was hurting in his hip and also in his shoulder,” Roach said. “The officer, of course, immediately kept him stationary and waited for fire and EMS to get there to treat him for the injuries.”
After EMS arrived, the motorcycle rider’s fellow riders arrived on scene to check on him. The officers checked the identification of the riders and found that seven were operating the motorcycles without a license.
They were arrested and transported to the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office Detention center. The original rider was transported to the hospital for medical treatment. The accident was turned over to the Georgia State Patrol, and charges are pending on the driver that had been involved in the accident.