Police: Man on motorcycle eluded officers at almost 120 mph

Police: Man on motorcycle eluded officers at almost 120 mph
Daniel James Patrick Liggett

MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. -- A Myrtle Creek man is behind bars, after police say he eluded officers on his motorcycle at speeds of almost 120 miles per hour.

Police say that they had gotten several complaints over the last few weeks about a white motorcycle that had been speeding up and down I-5 between milepost 103 and 112.

Chief Don Brown of the Myrtle Creek Police Department says that one of his officers and Oregon State Police set up for the bike on Saturday morning just before 8:00 am.

The officer spotted the motorcycle heading northbound on I-5 at milepost 106, and says he clocked the bike doing 118 miles per hour.

Police began to pursue the rider, when he took the 110 exit and headed back southbound.

Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff's office were waiting at milepost 103, and the motorcycle rider eluded them as well.

The pursuit was called off according to Brown.

Just after 1:15 pm, deputies found the rider in the Cattle Creek area off of a BLM road.

Police say the rider was identified as Daniel James Patrick Liggett, 28, of Myrtle Creek.

Authorities say Liggett had part of the bike taken apart and was attempting to spray paint it.

Liggett was arrested and charged by police with attempting to elude police, reckless driving and tampering with evidence, among several other charges.

He was lodged in the Douglas County Jail.