Police Chase Ends When Suspect’s Motorcycle Breaks Down

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A motorcyclist chased by Fort Payne Police collided with one of his pursuers, and his bike broke down a couple of miles later.

Officers arrested 22-year-old Cody John Henderson on Highway 35 heading east towards Rainsville.

Assistant police chief Ronnie Warren called Henderson's actions senseless, and said it is fortunate all the officers and Henderson are unharmed.

"It's a concern for everybody," Warren said about excessive speed and erratic driving.

"Everybody that's on the road, you just can't tell any more with folks.  I don't know where they get their reasoning from."

Warren said a patrol officer spotted a motorcycle Tuesday night which did not have a license plate.

Police later learned the rider, Henderson, was also without a license as his is suspended.

Officers said Henderson topped 90 miles per hour as he led police on Alabama Avenue and through Glenwood Cemetery.

As Henderson rode down a hill to Highway 35, Warren said a police officer in front of the motorcycle thought Henderson was stopping, so the officer pulled over.

The suspect crashed into the patrol car, and Warren said Henderson jumped the curb at McDonald's and made it a half mile before having issues.

"As he passed Zaxby's the motorcycle began to smoke real bad and his speed slowed tremendously," Warren said.

"After a mile, mile and a half he finally got off in the median."

That was not the end.

Police said Henderson tried to get going again, but the bike sputtered out as he tried to go up the mountain and he surrendered.

Warren doesn't think the collision with the patrol car caused the issue, but has a theory what did.

"Just an older motorcycle, been rode too hard too many times I guess," he said.

"A rod came through the side of the motor on it."

Henderson is charged with reckless endangerment and attempting to elude police.

Traffic violations against him include speeding, running a stop sign, running a stop light, reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license.

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