Rose Hill motorcyclist arrested after chase, crash, fire

A fleeing motorcyclist suffered only minor injuries after his Yamaha struck a fire hydrant and caught fire, a Sedgwick County sheriff’s official said Monday.

The motorcyclist, a 34-year-old Rose Hill man, led deputies on a 12-minute chase late Sunday and early Monday morning, sheriff’s Lt. David Mattingly said. Mattingly gave this account:

About 11:55 p.m. Sunday, deputies tried to stop a Yamaha motorcycle at I-235 and K-42 for a traffic violation, and a pursuit began after the motorcycle accelerated. The chase continued to 47th Street South, then west to Seneca, to MacArthur and back west to Hoover.

When the motorcycle went north on Hoover, it accelerated toward a curve in the road near Pueblo Street, where the rider locked the brakes. The motorcycle hit a fire hydrant, throwing the motorcyclist from the motorcycle and causing gasoline from the cycle to ignite.

The rider was taken into custody without incident, and deputies extinguished the fire, Mattingly said. The rider was taken to Via Christi Hospital on St. Francis with minor injuries, and authorities will be seeking charges including DUI, fleeing and eluding, and possession of marijuana, he said.