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Multiple county motorcycle chase leads to 2 arrests, 1 serious injury

A string of events late Tuesday evening involving two motorcyclists and law enforcement ended with one man in custody and another fighting for his life, the Department of Public Safety has confirmed. (File Photo)

A string of events late Tuesday evening involving two motorcyclists and law enforcement ended with one man in custody and another fighting for his life, the Department of Public Safety has confirmed.

DPS has not released the names of either cyclist.

The incident -- which crossed multiple county and city lines, and involved several law enforcement jurisdictions -- is believed to have started in Fritch, with two motorcyclists reportedly traveling at a high rate of speed out of Fritch toward Amarillo. The pursuit ricocheted along several twists and turns through Amarillo city streets, and ended south of the city in the 16000 block of Russ Road, near Rockwell Road.

Through the course of the event, speeds were reported between 90 mph and 147 mph, the DPS confirmed.

According to law enforcers, the motorcycle chase ended in an arrest late Tuesday. Early Wednesday morning, a motorcycle crash scene was discovered by the side of the road near Farm-to-Market Road 1912 and state Highway 136.

"The two motorcycles, the one (Tuesday) night and the one they found (Wednesday) morning, definitely were all part of the same event," DPS Sgt. Dan Buesing said.

"So, the guy they found Wednesday morning, he did lay out there a long period of time overnight," Buesing said. "They found him about 7 o'clock, a little bit after 7 (a.m. Wednesday).

"He does have life-threatening injuries, and right now I think he is critical but stable from the reports troops got," Buesing said.

Buesing said at some point during the chase pursuing officers lost sight of the cyclist who crashed.

"DPS came in to assist and then eventually took a lead in the motorcycle swing," Buesing said. "The first one, took an exit and, basically, I don't think he crashed out, from what they were saying; he just hopped off his bike and tried to hide. He was taken into custody shortly after that."

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