police-light-bar1.jpgA motorcyclist is in custody after crashing into a large truck in San Francisco this afternoon while allegedly fleeing from California Highway Patrol officers on the Bay Bridge, a CHP spokesman said.

The crash was reported at 12:17 p.m. at Fifth and Harrison streets in the city’s South of Market neighborhood.

The chase began minutes earlier after the motorcycle, which did not have license plates, went through the bridge’s toll plaza without paying, CHP Officer Michael Ferguson said.

Officers tried to pull the bike over near Treasure Island but it continued west, traveling at speeds of up to 80 mph before exiting at the Fremont Street off-ramp, Ferguson said.

The motorcyclist then turned left onto Harrison Street and ran red lights before crashing into a large waste-oil truck, according to Ferguson.

A female passenger on the motorcycle was injured and was taken to a hospital. The driver, whose name was not immediately available, was also hospitalized as a precaution, Ferguson said.

The motorcycle was found to be stolen out of San Francisco, Ferguson said.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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