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A motorcyclist collided with another vehicle at the intersection of North Milpas Street and East Montecito Street following a police pursuit on Thursday, March 16. 

Sergeant Ethan Ragsdale, public information officer for the Santa Barbara Police Department, said the motorcyclist was driving east on Canon Perdido Street around 12:30 p.m. when an officer focusing on traffic safety near Santa Barbara High School observed them committing a vehicle code violation. The officer attempted a traffic stop on the motorcyclist, but the motorcyclist failed to yield and a pursuit ensued.

According to Ragsdale, the officer terminated the pursuit after approximately six blocks, and the motorcyclist continued, colliding with the other vehicle in the intersection on Milpas. According to a tweet by KEYT’s John Palminteri, witnesses had originally believed the incident was a hit-and-run, but police said that was not the case.

The motorcyclist was transported to Cottage Hospital for medical treatment, and the injuries sustained are believed to be non-life-threatening. This incident is under active investigation. 


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