SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A police chase in Springfield on Thursday ended with a motorcyclist crashing into a rock and being rushed to the hospital, authorities say.
It started at about 1:30 a.m. when an officer saw Darren Carson, 52, riding a motorcycle west near the 1800 block of Centennial Boulevard. Police say the officer saw Carson commit several traffic violations and tried to pull him over near the intersection of 16th and J streets.
That’s when police say Carson sped off, headed south on 16th Street through the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center parking lot and back onto 16th Street. The officer followed him east on Main Street.
When Carson went to turn left onto 14th Street, he wasn’t able to make the turn and drove up on the curb and crashed, police said.
Medics took Carson to RiverBend Hospital with serious injuries, where he was cited.
Police said the motorcycle was reported stolen out of Eugene.