Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Motorcyclist Charged With Reckless Endangerment

A variety of charges are pending against a Putnam County man, who allegedly led police on a high speed motorcycle pursuit. Officer Christopher Ferguson says he was patrolling the area of South Jefferson Avenue about one o'clock in the morning when he saw a motorcycle travelling at what he described as "a very high rate of speed." He turned on his emergency equipment, but claims that the cyclist refused to stop, crossing Fairground Street over to Willow Avenue and then taking a left on West Jackson Street. Ferguson was finally able to make a stop on the vehicle at the intersection of Jackson and Broad Street, where he says the rider refused several commands to get off the bike. The officer says he then performed a controlled takedown on the subject and took him off the bike to the ground. The man was identified as 18-year-old Aifer Paciunas of Brown Ridge Road, Baxter. He allegedly told the officer that he ran because he didn't have a license to be driving a motorcycle. He has now been charged for driving without a license, and also with reckless endangerment and evading arrest. He was also issued six citations for allegedly running two stop signs and four red traffic lights.