Fortuna Police Searching for Man Who Allegedly Fled Traffic Stop on Motorcycle
This is a press release from the Fortuna Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:
On July 31, 2018 at approximately 8:30 pm, an officer with the Fortuna Police Department attempted to stop a 2004 Yamaha R1 motorcycle that was traveling at a high rate of speed on South Fortuna Boulevard. Upon the officer activating his emergency lights, the driver of the motorcycle accelerated and turned westbound on Kenmar Road and then Southbound on Highway 101. Upon entering Highway 101, the driver accelerated to speeds well in excess of 100 M.P.H.
Due to the reckless disregard for safety exhibited by the driver and the importance of ensuring the safety of the other motoring public, the officer discontinued the pursuit in the area of Highway 101 and Highway 36.
Upon additional investigation, the driver of the motorcycle was identified as Thomas Ashton Hodgin (age 31 of Alton, CA). At approximately 11:00 pm, the department executed a search warrant in the 2700 McDermott Street in Alton. During the search warrant, officers located the motorcycle and additional evidence of Hodgin’s involvement in the vehicle pursuit. Officers were unable to locate Hodgin at the residence.
The department is currently looking for Hodgin and is asking for the public’s assistance. If you know the whereabouts of Hodgin, please contact the department at 707-725-7550 or the tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME.
Photo is a previous booking photo.