Motorcyclist in custody after leading wrong-way pursuit in Middletown

MIDDLETOWN — UPDATE @ 2:40 p.m.: 

A motorcyclist was arrested after leading state troopers on a brief, wrong-way pursuit on state Route 73 just west of Franklin Friday afternoon.

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A state trooper attempted to stop the motorcycle for a fictitious registration around 1 p.m. when the operator decided to take off, Lt. Mark Gooding told this news outlet.

The operator crossed over a center median and was traveling the wrong-way on state Route 73 during the pursuit. The trooper continued the pursuit by traveling in the correct direction of SR 73, Gooding said.

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The pursuit was at slow-speeds because one of the motorcycle’s tires was punctured when the operator drove across the median.

The pursuit came to an end when the operator dropped the motorcycle and was placed into custody.

Minor injuries were reported by the operator but he refused medical treatment.

Additional details were not available.

FIRST REPORT

A chase has ended in the area of Ohio route 73 and North Breiel Boulevard this afternoon.

One person is in custody following the chase, which initial reports indicated ended in a crash, according to dispatch records.

The crash was reported shortly before 1 p.m.

Initial emergency dispatch traffic indicated the driver in the pursuit may have been driving the wrong way on a road during the chase.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is investigating.