Motorcyclist tries to flee police, crashes at intersection

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Public Safety: Man faces multiple charges stemming from Sunday incident

By Tris DeRoma

Sunday was not Tyler Webb’s day.

Webb, 26, was driving down Diamond Drive on his 2000 Honda Interceptor motorcycle around 5 p.m., when a Los Alamos Police officer flagged him for going 49 mph in a 35 mph zone.

However, the officer was traveling the opposite direction and could not turn around and pull him over. When another officer traveling the same way as Webb tried to pull him over, Webb sped off. Police did not give pursuit.

“Chasing is very dangerous,” LAPD Capt. Randy Foster said. “We only chase someone when the danger outweighs the risk of chasing a suspect. A speeding ticket was definitely not a dangerous situation.”

So the LAPD decided to let events run their course. They did not have to wait long.

Webb, allegedly driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, crashed his motorcycle at the intersection of Jemez and Diamond.

Webb apparently ran a red light at the intersection; narrowly missing a Los Alamos National Laboratory security vehicle traveling through the same intersection on a green light.

But the wipeout did little to deter Webb, who was allegedly attempting to pick his bike up again and make his getaway. When Webb saw an LAPD officer heading his way, he made a run for it and attempted to make it up a hill onto LANL property. The officer successfully prevented him from doing so and arrested him on the spot.

In their report, police noted an open bottle of Smirnoff vodka near his crashed motorcycle. A search of Webb’s person turned up a 4.2 gram bag of marijuana, Zig Zag rolling papers and a green pill labeled “TEVA.” Webb was then transported to the Los Alamos Medical Center to treat his injuries.

Police later determined the pill was not a controlled substance.

Webb was charged with a list of offenses: aggravated fleeing of a police officer, possession of marijuana, one ounce or less, driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, (Webb allegedly refused a field sobriety test), possession of drug paraphernalia, driving with a suspended or revoked license, reckless driving, running two traffic lights and speeding.

Once he is released by the LAMC, the LAPD said they will transfer him to the Los Alamos Detention Center.