Motorcycle chase ends in crash

Published 3:00 am Saturday, May 6, 2017

A man was arrested early Thursday morning after he allegedly led State Troopers on a 10-minute chase before crashing his motorcycle.

Caleb Blake Goodman, 21, was charged with felony attempting to elude with injuries.

State Trooper Kevin Cook said law enforcement was attempting to pull Goodman over for speeding but he did not cooperate.

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“The trooper was attempting to pull Mr. Goodman over for speeding,” Cook said. “The pursuit lasted for 10 minutes before Mr. Goodman crashed in Coffee County.”

When the motorcycle crashed, a female passenger on the motorcycle was injured, taking the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Section 13A-10-52 in the Alabama criminal code outlines the charges:

“(b) It shall be unlawful for a person while operating a motor vehicle on a street, road, alley, or highway in this state, to intentionally flee or attempt to elude a law enforcement officer after having received a signal from the officer to bring the vehicle to a stop.”

“(c) A violation of subsection (a) or (b) is a Class A misdemeanor unless the flight or attempt to elude causes an actual death or physical injury to innocent bystanders or third parties, in which case the violation shall be a Class C felony. In addition, the court shall order the suspension of the driver’s license of the defendant for a period of not less than six months nor more than two years.”

Class C felonies are punishable by one to ten years in prison. Goodman was released on a $2,500 bond Friday.