A man is sitting in jail after getting into several police chases across North Whidbey on a stolen motorcycle, possibly while high on methamphetamine.
The chase was followed by a fist fight with a police officer, according to court documents.
On July 5, a Washington State Patrol trooper was on patrol in Oak Harbor at about 12:40 a.m. when he clocked a motorcycle going 61 mph on Crosby Road. The trooper activated the lights and sirens and tried to stop the motorcycle, but it fled at a high rate of speed, according to the police report.
The trooper reported he terminated the pursuit for safety reasons after the motorcycle ran a right light on Ault Field Road.
The Oak Harbor police then tried to overtake the motorcycle, but the pursuit was ended because of dangerous conditions.
The trooper said he later caught sight of the motorcycle on Clover Valley Road and again gave chase. The motorcycle reached 120 mph during a pursuit on West Beach Road, the report states.
The motorcyclist, later identified as Jonathan Readd, 23, crashed on Mulberry Street, and then Readd allegedly fled on foot. The trooper chased him down, but Readd resisted arrest, the report says.
Readd and the trooper hit each other several times as they struggled on the ground. The trooper was ultimately able to place him in a hold and take him into custody with the help of other officers, the report states.
Officers reported they suspected Readd had used meth and obtained a warrant for his blood to conduct testing.
The motorcycle had a “punched ignition and gas tank,” which indicated that it was likely stolen, the report stated. Officers found Readd had tools commonly used to steal motorcycles on the motorcycle, a well as used syringes in a backpack.
Readd was booked into Island County jail on suspicion of attempt to elude, assault of an officer, taking a motor vehicle without permission, DUI and possession of tools related to vehicle theft.