Friday, December 9, 2022

Motorcyclist Flees Ukiah Police at Speeds of 85 MPH Through Town, Bails On Foot, Promptly Apprehended

The following is a press release issued by the Ukiah Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Joseph A. Hoaglin [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Log]

On 04-25-2022 at approximately 10:55 AM, a UPD Officer was on patrol in the area of N. Orchard  Ave. and Brush St. when he observed a motorcycle being driven. The Officer had previously seen this motorcycle parked in a local hotel parking lot with no license plates affixed to it and had also seen it with license plates affixed to it that did not match the make or model of this motorcycle, a violation of 4463(A)(1)  CVC. The rider appeared to notice the Officer and completed a U-turn, so as to avoid the Officer from following him. The Officer attempted an enforcement stop on the motorcycle/rider, but the rider accelerated southbound on N. Orchard Ave. The Officer activated his vehicle’s emergency lights and siren, but the rider failed to yield as required by law. The rider continued to evade the Officer while traveling throughout the City,  traveling at speeds up to 85 MPH, failing to stop as required at intersections and passing other vehicles in a  reckless manner.  

The rider proceeded to the 1400 block of N. Bush St., at which time he drove through a parking lot,  through a gap in a chain-link fence, into a dirt lot in an attempt to elude capture. The rider exited the motorcycle and fled on foot. Officers pursued the rider, on foot, from the dirt lot toward the intersection of KUKI Ln. and  Millview Rd. The rider refused to comply with lawful verbal commands given by Officers. At the intersection of KUKI Ln and Millview Rd. the rider stopped fleeing and was taken into custody without further incident.  The rider was identified as Joseph A. Hoaglin. Hoaglin was transported to the MCSO Jail where he was booked on the above-noted violations. He was held on $35,000.00 bail. 

Officers verified the license plates that were affixed to the motorcycle did not belong on that vehicle.  The motorcycle was towed from the scene and stored.  

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  1. What a foolish decision, He would have had a big fine but now he is in far bigger trouble. If he had accedently killed someone while running he would have been charged with muder. Just signal, pull over and pay the fine.

    • Careful with those assumptions.
      The article says the rider evaded at speeds up to 85mph.
      It does not say the officer drove at 85mph.

    • And again someone wants to blame the police for enforcing the law instead of the fool running from them. Nobody wants to talk about resisting arrest because taking responsibility isn’t the way things are done in California.

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