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Police: Man crashes motorcycle while fleeing from officers


SHEFFIELD — A man crashed his motorcycle into a telephone pole Friday morning while allegedly trying to flee from officers, police said.

Around 5 a.m., police saw Antonio Huffman, 37, riding his black 2004 Honda motorcycle at 64 mph in a 50 mph zone on Colorado Avenue near Harris Road.

A police officer from Sheffield followed Huffman for a mile westbound on Colorado Avenue before turning on his lights to pull Huffman over, according to Sheffield Police Chief Larry Bliss.

As soon as the officer turned on his lights, Huffman sped up, continuing westbound on Colorado Avenue in “an effort to elude” police, Bliss said.

Huffman sped through the intersection of Colorado Avenue and Root Road before losing control of his bike at a curve in the road, Bliss said. Huffman fell off and the motorcycle crashed into a telephone pole.

Huffman, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was found lying in a parking lot in the 3400 block of Colorado Avenue after the crash, according to a news release.

Sheffield police, Lorain police and the Lorain Fire Department responded to the scene.

Huffman was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain before he was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland. He was listed in “serious” condition Friday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

Bliss said police have not charged Huffman, but that he could be facing charges for reckless operation.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.

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