A Clermont man was airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta Monday night after his motorcycle crashed about three miles south of Cleveland.
Bruce E. Morgan, 49, was riding a 2001 Honda CBR that earlier had been involved in a two-county chase with the Georgia State Patrol, said Cpl. Cody White of GSP Post 37 Cumming.
Just before 8:25 p.m., that motorcycle crashed on Ga. 11 / U.S. 129 near Tommy Cowart Road in White County. At the time of that wreck, the motorcycle was not being pursued, White said.
“The motorcycle was engulfed in flames and the driver sustained second-degree burns, but non-life-threatening,” White said. No other vehicles were involved, and no injuries were reported.
About 15 minutes earlier, Dawson County deputies attempted to stop a motorcycle for no registration on Ga. 400 North near the Lumpkin County line.
The motorcycle slowed to an apparent stop at Burnt Stand Road in Lumpkin County, then accelerated and failed to yield, White said.
Trooper 1st Class Boykin, who was behind the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office unit, began pursuing the motorcycle on Ga. 400 North to Ga. 115, turning right toward Cleveland.
As the trooper began having radio issues and was losing sight of the motorcycle, he called off the pursuit via phone and radio just after 8:15.
White said several traffic offenses will be charged, including fleeing and attempting to elude, and driving while license suspended.