Motorcyclist in custody after leading pursuit from Franklin County, crashing in Bedford County

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(WFXR) — A motorcyclist has been taken into custody after leading authorities on a pursuit through Franklin and Bedford counties before crashing Saturday afternoon.

According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, a traffic stop was initiated on motorcycle without tags.

However, the driver refused to stop, resulting in the start of a pursuit shortly before 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 10, the sheriff’s office says.

Officials say the pursuit continued into Bedford County from the Bridgewater Plaza area, at which time Bedford authorities took the lead on the pursuit while Franklin County deputies returned to their own jurisdiction.

Over the course of the pursuit, the motorcyclist reportedly reached speeds ranging from 25 to 100 mph.

According to authorities, the motorcycle ended up crashing at approximately 12:15 p.m. and the driver was taken into custody.

The sheriff’s office says Bedford County EMS was called for medical assessment, but at this time, there are no known significant injuries.

While Virginia State Police is handling the actual motorcycle crash, officials say charges are pending from Bedford County, Franklin County, and Roanoke County.

The identity of the motorcycle driver has yet to be released.

The investigation into this incident is reportedly ongoing.

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