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Motorcyclist fled deputies in Campbell Co.; wrecked in Bedford

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By John Barnhart

Robert Morgan, 36, of Forest, was taken into custody by a Campbell County deputy, late Monday afternoon, after his motorcycle hit a tree in the Sonic parking lot on Independence Boulevard in Bedford.

    According to Lt. Todd Foreman, of the Bedford Town Police Department, a Campbell County deputy had been pursuing a man on a motorcycle, but broke off pursuit. Shortly after, Bedford County deputies in an unmarked car spotted a man on a motorcycle, near Wal-Mart, who matched the description of the person the Campbell County deputy had been chasing.
    When he stopped at the stoplight at the corner of Freedom Street and Independence Boulevard, a deputy got out of the unmarked car and approached him. Morgan then accelerated through the red light and a Bedford Police officer, who was right behind the Sheriff’s deputies, turned on her lights and siren and began pursuit.
    Morgan crossed Independence, went over the curb and hit a tree in the parking lot. He was not injured in the accident and was taken into custody by a Campbell County Sheriff’s deputy.
    He has been charged with reckless driving and eluding police in Campbell County. Charges in Bedford are pending.