A man was arrested following a short chase that culminated in a shot being fired in front of East High School early Wednesday morning, authorities said.
A police officer noticed a motorcycle driving east on Harry without a tag light shortly after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday but it sped away before he could get close enough to pull it over or get a tag number, Lt. Doug Nolte said.
Another officer spotted the motorcycle at Market and Kellogg Drive and obtained a tag number, through which authorities learned the motorcycle was stolen.
The driver turned east on Douglas and slowed at Hydraulic, where a female passenger jumped off the bike and tried to flee. Officers took the 22-year-old woman into custody after she was found to have meth and drug paraphernalia in her possession, Nolte said.
The driver laid the bike down in the 2200 block of East Douglas, in front of East High, and tried to flee on foot. A patrol officer quickly approached him, however, and the man pulled a handgun from his waistband.
The gun went off, with the bullet striking the pavement. The man then threw down the gun and was arrested less than a block from where he left the motorcycle.
“The gun was never pointed at the officers,” Nolte said. “However, this was close enough that the officers were in fear for their safety.
“At this point, we’re not sure what his intent was,” he said of the 32-year-old man who pulled out the gun.
The high-speed chase lasted about two minutes, authorities said. The man is a felon with several warrants out for his arrest, Nolte said. It’s not clear at this point if he is responsible for stealing the motorcycle.