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Corvallis man arrested after eluding Linn County deputies on motorcycle

SHEDD, Ore. -- A Corvallis man was arrested after eluding deputies on a motorcycle, reaching speeds up to 130 MPH, police said.

Linn County Sheriff's Office says around 1:50 p.m., a deputy attempted to stop a motorcycle on Peoria Road near Brattain Drive, west of Shedd for traveling 101 MPH.

The deputy was in the area performing focus patrols due to reported citizen traffic complaints. The deputy attempted to stop the blue and white 2006 Yamaha FR1. The operator acknowledged the deputy by looking back at the patrol vehicle, the Sheriff's Office said.

After about five miles, at speeds in excess of 130 MPH, the motorcycle turned northbound on Peoria Road then eastbound on Crook Drive. The operator then turned the motorcycle around and again passed the deputy, returning to Peoria Road northbound.

Officials say the deputy terminated pursuit near Peoria Road when he lost sight of the motorcycle but was directed northbound by citizens who saw it speeding. The deputy located the motorcycle, which had crashed in a gravel parking lot just north of Brattain Drive, according to the report.

The deputy was advised by a motorist that the motorcycle rider had been picked up in a Subaru and was northbound on Peoria Road. Deputies stopped the Subaru and identified the motorcycle operator as Darius Michael Panknin, 22, of Corvallis.

Panknin was taken into custody and transported to the Linn County Jail on charges of Attempt to Elude - Felony, two counts of Reckless Driving, Driving While Suspended, Driving Uninsured, and VBR (Violation of Basic Rule) -130+.

Panknin is the owner of the motorcycle and told deputies he ran out of gas and was trying to go off the roadway when he crashed, the report says.

The driver of the Subaru said he saw the crashed motorcycle and stopped to assist, not knowing he had been eluding deputies. The driver of the Subaru was released and is not facing charges.

Police say the elude lasted 13 minutes and traveled approximately 17 miles.

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