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Hwy 41 pursuit leads to arrest of wanted fugitive from Northridge

Posted: 10:26 AM, Mar 27, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-27 22:00:13-04

A pursuit on Highway 41 in San Luis Obispo County Tuesday that reached speeds over 100 mph led to the arrest of a Northridge man California Highway Patrol officers say they later learned was a wanted fugitive.

Officers say it started Tuesday at about 2 p.m. “as a speed enforcement contact” and turned into a pursuit when the motorcyclist took off northbound on Highway 41 toward Atascadero.

Officers say the motorcyclist pulled off to the side of the road before heading the opposite direction on the highway toward Morro Bay.

“The motorcyclist attempted to evade by accelerating the motorcycle to speeds in excess of 100 mph,” according to CHP.

Video of the motorcycle chase coming into Morro Bay this afternoon on Hwy 41.

Posted by Katie Flynn Brum on Tuesday, March 26, 2019

He eventually “gave up” in Morro Bay and was taken into custody, officers said.

CHP has identified the motorcyclist as William Larence Machado Jr., 59.

He was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on charges of felony evading and driving with a suspended license. Bail was set at $50,000.

Officers say it was not until Tuesday evening when they were contacted by the California Department of Corrections Fugitive Recovery Team supervisor letting them know Machado Jr. was a fugitive wanted for felony stalking.

Machado remained in custody as of Wednesday morning, according to jail logs.

William Machedo
William Machedo