August 11, 2010 in Region

Speeding bikers taunt trooper after crash

Associated Press

SEATTLE — A Washington State Patrol trooper chasing a group of speeding motorcyclists on Interstate 5 rolled his car and ended up injured in a ditch Tuesday evening as two bikers returned to taunt him, a fellow trooper said.

Trooper Brian Salyer, 46, of Spanaway, was pursuing a group of at least nine members of a south King County motorcycle group traveling northbound at “well over 100 mph,” Trooper Cliff Pratt said. As Salyer tried to close in on the fastest biker, he told Pratt that two other bikers cut him off.

“Had he not slowed down and slammed on the brakes, he would have hit them,” Pratt said. “At his speed that made him lose control.”

Salyer managed to call for help on his cell phone. Then as he sat injured, bleeding and trapped in his car just south of Seattle, he looked up to see several of the bikers had returned, with two in particular laughing and taunting him, Pratt said.

They all took off when they heard sirens in the distance, Pratt said.

Salyer, a 22-year State Patrol veteran, was treated for a concussion, bruises and cuts at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

Troopers “have good descriptions on the group and some specific riders,” Pratt said, and are searching for the bikers.

Pratt said the State Patrol is concerned not only by the motorcyclists’ speed “with no regard for the safety of anybody else” but also by their failure to render assistance to an obviously injured crash victim.

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