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Pleasant Hill Motorcycle Pursuit Results in Crash

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PLEASANT HILL, Iowa – A late Monday evening motorcycle pursuit left a cyclist in the hospital with serious injuries.

The driver was identified as 36-year-old Michael Frees of Des Moines.  At approximately 7:40 p.m., Frees lead Pleasant Hill Police through the city on a high-speed chase while riding a sports bike, according to the Pleasant Hill Police Department.

The pursuit began in the 5100 block of Pine Valley Drive and continued across several streets in the area, including Burr Oak Boulevard, Orchard Court, East University Avenue and Northeast 64th Street. Frees reached a speed of 55 miles per hour as he ran two stop signs and disobeyed three traffic lights.

The chase ended on the west end of Northeast 12th Street with Frees driving off a cul-de-sac and over an embankment, where he came to rest up against a chain link fence which parallels the Highway 65 bypass.

Frees was charged with felony eluding, possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, drug stamp violation, driving while barred, reckless driving and no insurance. He remains at a Des Moines hospital with injuries sustained in the accident.

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