Oak Harbor motorcyclist arrested for speeding

The man is accused of driving a motorcycle through Oak Harbor at a high speed on Feb. 19.

A Whidbey man is accused of driving a motorcycle through Oak Harbor at a high speed on the night of Feb. 19, according to court documents.

Scott D. Lee, 46, was arrested by a deputy with the Island County Sheriff’s Office and appeared in Island County Superior Court Feb. 20. The judge found probable cause existed to believe Lee may have committed the crimes of reckless driving, driving while under the influence and driving while license suspended.

The judge set Lee’s bail at $10,000; Lee has since posted bail.

The deputy prosecutor told the judge that Lee may face a charge of attempting to elude depending on the information on a follow-up report by the sheriff’s deputy.

The deputy’s report states that he was northbound on Highway 20 just north of Oak Harbor when he saw a southbound motorcycle traveling at 72 mph in a 50 mph zone. He turned around to stop the motorcycle, which accelerated to 104 mph, according to the deputy’s report.

The motorcycle ran a red light at the intersection with Midway Boulevard, crossed into the oncoming lane multiple times and weaved in and out of traffic, the deputy wrote.

The motorcycle turned on Whidbey Avenue and then onto Ely Street. The deputy activated emergency lights and sirens to try to stop the motorcycle, but it didn’t pull over immediately, the report states. The motorcycle finally stopped after entering a parking lot at an apartment complex.

The deputy wrote that he exited his vehicle, drew his gun in a “low-ready position” and told the man, later identified as Lee, to get off the motorcycle. Lee complied after being told multiple times, the deputy wrote.

According to the report, the deputy detected the odor of intoxicants on Lee, who was very confrontational with deputies and officers. Lee refused to give a breath test, the report indicates.