Businesses owners on Broad Street routinely hear the rev of engines as motorcycles ride up and down the street during rush hour, but on Tuesday that turned into a confrontation that ended with a police offer getting struck, a scene witnesses described as “like a movie.”
A Junction City motorcycle police officer, caught on camera colliding with a suspect who was fleeing on foot last summer, pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Lane County Circuit Court to a charge of recklessly endangering another person.
The arraignment for Officer Scott Lorimor came following a monthslong investigation by the Eugene Police Department of the Aug. 26 high-speed chase and crash.
Lorimor had been sent to help the Benton County Sheriff’s Office find a suspect driving a red Chevrolet Cobalt. The pursuit started in Monroe and the driver passed Junction City officers at speeds of between 80 and 100 mph on Highway 99, according to Junction City Police Chief Bob Morris in a news release Tuesday. Morris said the suspect was driving in a reckless manner, “dangerously passing other southbound vehicles” by traveling south in the northbound lane.
Prior to officers catching up