In a press release from Mineral County Sheriff Randy Adams, a traffic stop was attempted by Walker River Tribal Police on March 23 at 8:17 p.m. when the motorcycle was exceeding speed limits near mile marker 68 on U.S. Highway 95.
According to the release, the driver failed to yield to tribal police and accelerated to speeds estimated up to 140 mph.
Mineral County Sheriff’s Office was advised and observed the motorcycle at mile marker 56, at a speed of approximately 110 mph.
Deputies began to follow the motorcycle from a distance. It then entered Hawthorne and proceeded to accelerate through town at a speed of 60 mph and running a red light.
Both departments followed the motorcycle, from a distance, to the California State line.
The sheriff’s department advised California Highway Patrol (CHP) of the pursuit of the motorcycle traveling westbound on Nevada State Route 359 towards California State Route 167. CHP officers, according to the report of arrest, observed the motorcycle traveling westbound at 101 miles per hour.
The single CHP unit attempted to make an enforcement stop.
Failing to yield to the CHP emergency lights and siren, they pursued him at miles in excess of 120 mph.
Due to the reckless evading and high speeds of the motorcyclist, CHP discontinued the pursuit.
Officers from Mammoth Lakes Police Department positioned their vehicles near California State Route 203 exit to prevent the motorcyclist from entering the town of Mammoth Lakes.
As it approached the state route, the cycle began to run out of fuel.
George E. Chegaiyama, a citizen of South Africa, was identified and charged with felony reckless evading and in possession of 1.1 pounds of marijuana and booked into the Mono County Jail. Chegaiyama also had a lengthy criminal history and no driver’s license.
“This is a prime example of our personnel on the streets using good sound judgement, putting safety first and cooperating with other agencies to get the job done,” Adams said.