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Alcohol believed to be involved as 19-year-old crashes motorcycle after driving on Roanoke sidewalk, police say

State police is now leading the investigation.


ROANOKE, Va. – Virginia State Police is investigating after a motorcycle chase ended in a crash early New Years Day.

On Wednesday, just before 12:30 a.m., Roanoke Police was patrolling in the area of Jefferson Avenue SE and Salem Avenue SE when officers saw a motorcycle driving recklessly on the sidewalk.

A chase started after the motorcycle left the scene, heading towards Williamson Road NE. Officers attempted to stop the motorcycle and the driver of the motorcycle appeared to lose control and crashed in the 700 block of Williamson Road NE, near the Berglund Center.

The driver of the 2017 Harley Davidson, John Suess, 19, of Roanoke, was wearing his helmet and was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

Per departmental policy, the Virginia State Police has been contacted to conduct the crash investigation.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash, according to state police.

Charges are pending as the crash remains under investigation.


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