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High-speed chase ends with crash

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A high-speed pursuit involving a stolen motorcycle that started in King George County late Sunday ended just into Fredericksburg when the driver struck a median, sending him, the bike and a passenger airborne.

King George Sheriff Steve Dempsey said the incident began about 10:35 p.m. in the Port Conway area of the county.

Sgt. Keith Dobson was assisting with a traffic stop on State Route 3 when four motorcycles rode by without moving over into the open left lane.

All four bikers were speeding, Dempsey said, so Dobson stopped them near the Stafford County–King George line on Route 3. One of the motorcycles suddenly took off and Dobson went after it. The chase went through Stafford at speeds steadily over 100 mph west on Route 3.

The bike eventually crossed the Chatham Bridge into the city. At the intersection of William and Sophia streets, the motorcycle struck the median, went airborne and both the driver and passenger were thrown from the bike.

A city police accident report showed that the driver suffered a possible broken leg while his 21-year-old female passenger suffered severe road rash and other injuries. Police said the motorcycle had been reported stolen in Annapolis, Md.

Michael Parker II, 24, was charged with possession of stolen property, eluding police and reckless driving.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404