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Hit-and-Run Motorcyclist Arrested

Nineteen-year-old Clearlake man struck and injured bicyclist in 3 a.m. high speed chase Wednesday morning on Mark West Springs Road

The California Highway Patrol arrested a Clearlake man Thursday for the hit-and-run of a bicyclist north of Santa Rosa on Wednesday.

Taylor Kudrna, 19, turned himself in to the Clearlake Police Department Thursday, CHP Officer Jonathan Sloat said. He was booked into the Sonoma County Jail for evading arrest and causing a hit-and-run collision with injuries.

Kudrna, his brother Seth Dandridge, 28, and their friend Clay Clarke, all of Clearlake, were riding their motorcycles at a high rate of speed north on U.S. Highway 101 through Santa Rosa around 3:10 p.m. Wednesday.

When CHP Officer David Spencer tried to stop the motorcyclists, the riders exited the freeway at Mark West Springs Road in unincorporated Sonoma County, Sloat said. Clarke was immediately arrested after he lost control of his bike at the end of the off-ramp and collided with the rear of a vehicle, Sloat said.

Kudrna and Dandridge kept driving east on Mark West Springs Road and drove through a red light, Sloat said. Kudrna struck a bicyclist, 20-year-old Joel Aguayo, of Windsor, in the intersection and laid his motorcycle down, Sloat said. He got back on the motorcycle and fled, Sloat said.

Aguayo suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital, Sloat said.

The CHP learned the identities of Kudrna and Dandridge, who then turned themselves in, Sloat said. Dandridge was cited for evading arrest and riding with a suspended license and was released in Clearlake. The CHP impounded all three motorcycles, Sloat said.

Kudrna is being held in the jail under $100,000 bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court Tuesday afternoon.

Copyright © 2013 by Bay City News, Inc.

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