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Yellville motorcyclist crashes after chase with police in Baxter County, arrested



Baxter County, Arkansas – Late Sunday evening pursuit ended up with arrest after police chased motorcyclist for avoiding traffic stop.

According to police report, the chase started in the area of Arkansas 126 when patrol officer saw a motorcycle driving 21 mph over the speed limit.

The officer went after the motorcycle and he tried to perform a traffic stop, but the motorcyclist refused the order and continued heading south on the highway. The pursuit lasted for a few minutes when the driver crashed entering Gassville city limits at 11:15 p.m.

The driver of the motorcycle, who was later identified by police as 27-year-old Joseph Michael Verdusco of Yellville, was arrested and taken into custody. The driver didn’t suffer injuries as a result of the crash.

When officers searched his motorbike, they found several hundred dollars, 4.12 grams of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

The suspect is facing a total of 12 charges.