Fleeing biker arrested after high-speed pursuit, then foot chase

Cary Ashby • Oct 26, 2012 at 11:36 PM

A fleeing motorcyclist was arrested Wednesday after a high-speed pursuit followed by a short foot chase.

Elizabeth M. Holland, 21, of 6080 Zenobia Road, Wakeman, was taken into custody on Auster Road in Wakeman Township after a pursuit that lasted about three minutes. Huron County Sheriff's Deputy John Vogel chased her on foot for 60 to 70 yards after she stopped her 1982 Yamaha motorcycle, Sgt. Steve Shupp said.

"(There was) no mention of her being under the influence," Shupp said.

"I don't think (Vogel) clocked her," he said, but the deputy said he believed Holland was going in excess of 100 mph at some point.

About 4 p.m. Holland was northbound on Vester Road in Clarksfield Township. Shupp said when the biker passed Vogel, she started accelerating.

"She blew a stop sign at Zen Road and (Ohio) 60. ... She went north from there and got back on (Ohio) 60," Shupp said.

While on Ohio 60, Holland almost lost control and went off the road, but was able to make it to Auster Road in Wakeman Township. Shupp said while Holland, who was wearing a helmet, didn't wreck, the incident somehow kept the bike from accelerating.

"She put it on its kickstand and took off running," Shupp said.

Vogel then pursued Holland on foot for 60 to 70 yards. By the time other deputies arrived, the suspect was in custody.

"She apparently refused to put her hands behind her back," Shupp said.

Vogel was forced to get physical with Holland to get her hands behind her back so he could handcuff her, he said.

Holland was charged with felony counts of failure to comply with the order of a police officer and assault on a police officer. She also faces misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, a stop sign violation, reckless operation and driving without a motorcycle endorsement. She was transported to the Huron County Jail.

Shupp was asked why Holland decided to speed away from the deputy. She said someone told her earlier not to stop if an officer got behind her, Shupp said.

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