San Diego

Motorcycle Leads Police on Chase in Mission Valley

A motorcycle rider drove at high speeds on three San Diego freeways and even ducked into a shopping center parking garage Thursday to avoid California Highway Patrol and San Diego Police officers who were in pursuit.

The 2007 Yamaha R1 randomly changed lanes while heading southbound on State Route 163 before exiting onto Washington Avenue. At times the rider accelerated at speeds up to 120 mph, officers said.

After riding through Hillcrest, the motorcycle rider headed north and drove on surface streets in Mission Valley.

When he attempted to drive east on Friars Road, he crashed into the back of a vehicle about half a mile east of Mission Center Road.

Minutes later, CHP officers had the rider seated and handcuffed in the eastbound lanes of Friars Road.

Paramedics arrived and took the rider to Scripps Mercy Hospital.

Investigators say a CHP motorcycle officer tried to pull over the motorcyclist at 10:30 a.m. on westbound State Route 94 from Lemon Grove Avenue.  The pursuit involved freeways SR-94, I-805, and SR-163.

Aaron C. Gossmeyer, 27, of La Mesa was arrested and will be booked on charges of felony evading, hit and run and failing to possess a motorcycle endorsement, CHP investigators said.

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