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Pursuit ends with a crash for motorcyclist
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Nicholas Hays

What could have been just a citation for a vehicle violation ended up being a felony arrest for a Turlock man after he led officers on a pursuit through town that ended with a crash in Denair.

The suspect, identified as Nicholas Hays, 30, of Turlock, was arrested on suspicion of felony evasion, felony resisting arrest and possession of methamphetamine, said Turlock Police spokesperson Officer Steve Rodrigues.

The incident began around 1:30 a.m. Monday when an officer attempted to stop a motorcyclist in the area of E. Canal Drive and E. Main Street for a vehicle code violation. The motorcyclist, later identified as Hays, refused to stop and sped away from the officer.

A pursuit was initiated and lasted for about six miles, winding through Turlock and into Denair. At points the pursuit hit speeds of 90 miles per hour, Rodrigues said.

The pursuit came to an abrupt end when Hays lost control of the motorcycle and crashed into the door of a detached garage in the 3700 block of Alameda Avenue in Denair.

Hays attempted to flee on foot, but was apprehended and taken into custody. He had a complaint of pain and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was cleared medically. He remains in custody at the Stanislaus County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail.