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Published: Tuesday, 7/25/2006

Cyclist hurt critically in crash that ended chase

READING, Mich. - One of two motorcyclists who fled a Michigan State Police trooper during a chase of up to 120 mph was in fair condition yesterday with injuries he suffered when he lost control of his bike in this Hillsdale County village.

Justin M. Wyse, 26, was initially treated at the Hillsdale County Health Center in Hillsdale before he was flown to Toledo Hospital, where a hospital spokesman said he was in fair condition.

A state trooper from the Jonesville post tried to stop Mr. Wyse and an unidentified companion on Card Road near Carpenter Road in Cambria Township in Hillsdale County shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday because they were not wearing helmets.

Both cyclists fled instead of stopping. A cyclist riding a Harley-Davidson began to pull over while Mr. Wyse took off on his 2003 Buell.

Mr. Wyse skidded through a stop sign at Carpenter and Reading roads, then continued west at speeds reaching 120 mph, troopers said.

He entered Reading, where he lost control and crashed on Michigan Street, near East Street.

He fell off the bike and struck several utility poles and trees, troopers said. The other cyclist has not been identified, troopers said.

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