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Wild ‘wheelies’ land motorcyclist in jail after highway patrol chase

By The Herald Staff | 3/29/2013

A 35-year-old Ottawa man’s wild ride on a motorcycle Thursday night ended with a trip to the Franklin County Jail.

Police were alerted to a reckless driver on a yellow motorcycle who was doing “wheelies” in a residential area every afternoon, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said.

A 35-year-old Ottawa man’s wild ride on a motorcycle Thursday night ended with a trip to the Franklin County Jail.

Police were alerted to a reckless driver on a yellow motorcycle who was doing “wheelies” in a residential area every afternoon, Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said.

A few hours later, another resident reported a reckless driver on a yellow motorcycle near the intersection of 15th and Main streets, Weingartner said, and a patrol officer saw the motorcyclist and attempted to stop him about 6:30 p.m.

“When the officer turned on his lights, the motorcycle sped away, driving at a high rate of speed,” Weingartner said. “The officer did not chase the motorcycle because traffic was heavy and because of the speeds of the motorcycle.”

A Kansas Highway Patrol officer spotted the motorcyclist on I-35 a short time later and pursued it, Weingartner said.

The  motorcyclist re-entered the Ottawa city limits on East 15th Street and was stopped at the corner of East Seventh and South Lincoln streets, Weingartner said.

“Ottawa police officers were not involved in the KHP chase and assisted at the arrest location after the driver was taken into custody by the trooper,” Weingartner said.

Dustin Markus, 35, Ottawa, was booked into jail by the highway patrol trooper on suspicion of driving under the influence, possession of opiates, possession of ephedrine, reckless driving and fleeing and eluding law enforcement officers, according to the jail booking report.

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