ST. HELENS, Ore. – State police arrested a motorcyclist from Longview, Wash. who they said eluded troopers at more than 120 mph on Highway 30 on his way to work Wednesday morning.
A trooper saw Michael Tejada Echeverria, 19, driving eastbound on the highway at high speeds just before 6:30 a.m., police said. The trooper tried to stop Echeverria, but he sped up and passed other vehicles using the westbound lane and eastbound shoulder at more than 120 mph. The trooper stopped the pursuit after losing sight of the motorcyclist.
A few minutes later, a log truck driver saw Echeverria pull into the parking lot at the Dyno Nobel plant in St. Helens and called police.
Troopers arrested Echeverria on charges of felony attempt to elude, reckless driving and reckless endangering. He was also cited for driving faster than 100 mph and driving uninsured.
Police say Echeverria works at the Dyno Nobel plant.
OSP is looking for witnesses who saw Echeverria on his motorcycle between The PGE Trojan Park and the Dyno Nobel plant on Highway 30. Police released photos of the motorcycle and the clothes Echeverria was wearing.
Any witnesses are asked to call police at 800-452-7888.