Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times
                                Robert Hill appeared in Island County Superior Court Sept. 3. He is accused of leading a deputy on a motorcycle chase.

Photo by Jessie Stensland / Whidbey News-Times Robert Hill appeared in Island County Superior Court Sept. 3. He is accused of leading a deputy on a motorcycle chase.

Motorcyclist leads chase through Oak Harbor

A motorcyclist crashed while leading a deputy on a chase through Oak Harbor Sept. 3, according to court documents.

The suspect, 31-year-old Robert Hill, appeared in a wheelchair in Island County Superior Court Monday.

Judge Vickie Churchill found that there was probable cause to believe Hill committed the crimes of attempting to elude, DUI and driving while license suspended.

Noting that he allegedly used a decoy license plate on his motorcycle, she set his bail at $15,000.

According to the police report, Deputy Robert Mirabal with the Island County Sheriff’s Office, was driving through the city in the early morning hours when he observed a motorcycle traveling at 55 mph in a 30 mph zone on Highway 20.

The deputy activated his emergency lights, and later his sirens, in an attempt to stop the motorcycle, but it accelerated away from him, the report states.

Mirabal followed the motorcycle onto Southwest Eighth Avenue, Southwest Erie Avenue and back onto the highway.

The motorcycle traveled at about 55 mph through the residential streets.

The motorcycle made a “sweeping turn” onto Southwest 24th Avenue and went off the road onto the dirt shoulder. The deputy drove up beside the motorcycle.

The motorcyclist, later identified as Hill, tried to accelerate away, but the back end of the motorcycle slid in the dirt and the motorcycle fell over, the report states. The motorcycle slid about five feet from Hill before stopping.

Hill screamed that his knee was injured, the report indicates.

Mirabal noted that Hill’s license was suspended and he was wanted on fourth-degree assault warrant. The deputy wrote that Hill smelled of alcohol and he admitted to drinking four or five beers.

The motorcycle was a Suzuki but the license plate was for a Harley Davidson, the report states.

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