A motorcyclist suspected of being under the influence died after crashing during a police pursuit in the Five Cities area early Wednesday morning, according to police.
Pismo Beach Police say an officer saw the motorcyclist speeding on southbound Highway 101 near Oak Park Boulevard at around 1:50 a.m.
As the officer got closer to the motorcyclist, police say the rider slowed down and exited on Halcyon Road in front of the officer before traveling into oncoming traffic, nearly hitting a light pole and running a red light before heading south on El Camino Read.
Police say the officer attempted to pull the rider over suspecting DUI but as the officer activated his emergency light, the rider took off.
“The officer initiated a pursuit and 5 seconds later the rider failed to negotiate a corner on El Camino Real and left the roadway. The rider was ejected from the motorcycle and was pronounced deceased at the scene,” according to a press release.
The rider’s name has not been released pending notification of next of kin, but police say he was in his 30s and not from San Luis Obispo County.
No other information is being released by police at this time.