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Hazleton cyclist facing charges

Published October 03. 2012 05:02PM

McAdoo police have cited a Hazleton man who was out for a motorcycle ride on Sept. 2.

Patrolman Steven Homanko was on patrol at 12:30 a.m. and observed a 2001 Harley Davison motorcycle fail to stop for a sign located at Sherman and Cleveland streets.

The officer attempted a traffic stop but the motorcycle continued traveling at a high rate of speed, failing to stop until it approached the railroad tracks.

The officer was able to read the license plate number on the bike and discontinued the chase.

A few minutes later the motorcycle again came into the officer's view. The operator lost control as he was rounding a curve and the bike came to a stop, stuck between two trees, with the driver underneath.

The driver was identified as Reynold G. Hinkle, 55, of 311 E. Cranberry Ave.

Hinkle refused medical treatment and told the officer he was unaware he had been followed by police.

A portable breath test indicated he had not been drinking. He was not licensed to operate a motorcycle, according to a records check.

Hinkle was charged with fleeing/attempting to elude law enforcement, operating a motorcycle without a license, failure to drive at a safe speed, failure to stop at a stop sign, operating a vehicle with an expired inspection sticker, careless driving, reckless driving and having an improper exhaust system.

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