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December 1, 2012

GSP: Man wrecks stolen motorcycle, flown to hospital

A motorcyclist who refused to stop when a Georgia State Patrol trooper tried to pull him over for speeding and passing in a no-passing zone wrecked and was sent by LifeForce air ambulance to Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga Friday afternoon, officials said.

Cpl. Kris Hemphill said a trooper saw Allen Roy Fain, 33, of an unknown address in the Varnell area, passing a vehicle at 82 mph in a no-passing zone where the speed limit was 45 mph. Hemphill said the chase looped down several roads and into Catoosa County before the trooper finally came up on the wreck at Lake Kathy Road and Standing Road where Fain had crashed into a Chevy Trailblazer that was in the middle of a left turn.

Hemphill said Fain tried to pass the Trailblazer in a no-passing zone at that time, too. No one in the Trailblazer was hurt. LifeForce landed at the intersection of Lake Kathy Road and Ga. Highway 2 and airlifted Fain. Hemphill said he was still in critical condition late Friday night with a broken leg and other injuries.

Hemphill said it’s unclear whether Fain knew the motorcycle he was driving was stolen. He said Fain was wanted in Whitfield County for failure to appear and that he had a suspended license, but the trooper didn’t initiate the pursuit for any of those things.

“We do not initiate pursuits,” Hemphill said. “People that fail to stop for our lights initiate pursuits.”

The wreck is still under investigation.

• Also on Friday, troopers were involved in a chase that began in Gordon County and came through Whitfield County at around 9 p.m. on Interstate 75 North. The driver led authorities on a high-speed chase and appeared to have thrown something out of his car at one point. He finally got off the interstate and stopped at The Cliffs apartments in Dalton where he left a Toyota Camry in gear and tried to run away before he was arrested, officials said.

His name and the reason he was being chased weren’t immediately available.

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