California motorcyclist leads deputies on high-speed chase

2014-06-18T13:57:00Z 2014-06-19T19:08:26Z California motorcyclist leads deputies on high-speed chaseBy PERRY BACKUS Ravalli Republic The Billings Gazette
June 18, 2014 1:57 pm  • 

HAMILTON — A California man is facing two felony counts of criminal endangerment after allegedly leading law officers on a chase with speeds in excess of 100 mph.

Paul Andrew Swain, 50, appeared Monday on the felony counts and eight misdemeanor charges.

A charging affidavit said Ravalli County Sheriff’s Deputy Jon Moles spotted Swain traveling northbound on Highway 93 at a high rate of speed on a motorcycle with a passenger. The initial radar contact confirmed that Swain was traveling 84 mph in a 70 mph zone.

When Moles turned around and activated his emergency lights, Swain initially braked, but then sped off northbound at speeds in excess of 100 mph, the affidavit said.

Swain maneuvered the motorcycle erratically while weaving around traffic.

Swain allegedly initially resisted arrest before being subdued.

The woman passenger told officers that she kept yelling at Swain to stop. She said Swain had been drinking a couple hours earlier and she worried about her safety.

The woman received minor injuries in the crash.

Swain also wasn’t hurt badly in the accident. He refused to provide a breath test and was taken to the hospital where his blood was drawn.

The affidavit said Swain said he was sorry and didn’t know why he didn’t stop.

He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, resisting arrest, fleeing from a peace officer, driving while license suspended, reckless driving, speeding, stop sign violation, and red light violation, all misdemeanors.

Ravalli County Justice Jim Bailey set bail at $20,000, with the requirement that Swain wear an alcohol monitor if released.

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