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August 11, 2010 at 5:48 AM

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State Patrol: Injured trooper taunted by motorcyclists

Posted by John de Leon

A State Patrol trooper who was pinned in his patrol car following an accident Tuesday evening was taunted by a group of motorcyclists he had been chasing, the State Patrol says.

Trooper Brian Salyer radioed State Patrol dispatch at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday that he was trying to catch up with a group of motorcyclists traveling at more than 100 mph from southbound Interstate 405 to northbound Interstate 5. As Salyer tried to get close enough to identify the lead motorcycle, two other riders intentionally cut in front of his patrol car, forcing him to swerve and slam on the brakes, according to the State Patrol.

Salyer lost control of the patrol car on the ramp from northbound I-5 to northbound state Highway 599, struck the guardrail and rolled several times before ending up in a ditch.

Salyer was pinned in his damaged patrol car. He later told investigators that as he was struggling to get out, at least two of the motorcycle riders pulled up to within 30 feet of his car, got off their motorcycles and begin taunting him by clapping and laughing. They then rode off as other motorists began pulling up to the scene.

Salyer was taken to Seattle's Harborview Medical Center for treatment of a mild concussion, head and neck lacerations and bumps and bruises, according to the State Patrol. The 22-year State Patrol veteran was expected to be released from the hospital by early Wednesday morning.

UPDATE at 1:24 p.m.: The State Patrol says Salyer is now at home recovering from his injuries.

The State Patrol says information and descriptions of the motorcycle riders are being withheld until detectives can interview all potential witnesses and collect evidence.

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