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Speeding motorcycle rider crashes, injured

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RUSTON, La. (KNOE & Ruston Police) - A motorcycle rider crashes after Ruston Police clock him going near 75 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone.

Sunday at about 6:30 PM, an officer from the Uniform Patrol Division of the Ruston Police Department was patrolling on East California Avenue when he observed an eastbound motorcycle traveling at an 65 to 70 miles per hour in a posted 25 mile per hour zone.

When the driver of motorcycle observed the patrol vehicle, he downshifted in an attempt to rapid decelerate. This caused the driver of the motorcycle to lose control, cross the center divider line, and crash into a tree on the south side of the roadway. The patrol officer turned his vehicle around and pulled up to the scene of the crash, where he observed the driver of the motorcycle to have suffered severe injuries. The driver would later be identified as Ali McDonald, 35 YOA, of Ruston, LA.

The Ruston Fire Department transported McDonald to the Northern Louisiana Medical Center. McDonald was then airlifted to the University Health Systems Hospital in Shreveport. As of 6:00 AM Monday, McDonald was listed in critical condition. McDonald was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Routine toxicological testing will be conducted to determine if alcohol and / or drugs were a factor in this crash.

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