MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (WUSA) - A motorcyclist fleeing a police officer crashed in Montgomery Village on Thursday night, according to Montgomery County Police.
At approximately 11:28 p.m., an officer in the area of Montgomery Village Avenue and Midcounty Highway saw a motorcyclist he believed to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The officer checked the motorcycle's tag and discovered it had been reported as stolen.
The officer, who was behind the 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle on northbound Montgomery Village Avenue, activated his emergency lights on his marked cruiser at the intersection of Midcounty Highway. The motorcycle rider did not stop, and the officer pursued the motorcycle. The rider continued northbound on Montgomery Village Avenue and after passing Wightman Road, crossed over the median strip and southbound lanes of Montgomery Village Avenue/Pleasant Ridge Drive.
At that point, the motorcycle left the roadway and crashed.
The motorcycle operator was taken by ambulance to a local hospital with serious injuries. He is identified as Neuris Perez-Victoriano, age 24, of the 1300 block of Missouri Avenue in Washington, D.C.
The officer, identified as Sergeant Robert Lumsden, a 16-year-veteran of the department, is on administrative leave after the incident.