Motorcyclist Seriously Injured During High Speed Pursuit
On August 6, 2016 at approximately 7:16pm a Trinity County Sheriff’s Deputy was on a traffic stop on Big Creek Road north of Highway 3. While conducting the traffic stop the Deputy noticed a motorcycle driving at a high rate of speed and driving recklessly. The Deputy motioned to the driver of the motorcycle to slow down.
Due to the reckless driving of the driver on the motorcycle the Deputy returned to his patrol vehicle and attempted to pull the motorcycle over. The driver failed to pull over for the Deputy for approximately the next 4 miles.
When the vehicles reached the intersection of Big Creek Road and Forest Road 32N23 the motorcycle began to lose control and ended up in the ditch. The Deputy’s vehicle came to a stop in the air over the ditch. The Deputy exited the vehicle and found the driver identified as Ryan Cookriddle, in the ditch needing medical attention. Fire and medical were dispatched to the scene where they transported the suspect to Hayfork airport where he was flown via helicopter to a Redding area hospital.
The report has been routed to the Trinity County District Attorney’s Office for filing charges.
The California Highway Patrol investigated the crash.