Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office seeks whereabouts of motorcyclist accused of leading 90+ mph pursuit
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the whereabouts and arrest of a motorcyclist on suspicion of felony evading and firearm charges.
On the late afternoon of April 6, a patrol deputy noticed a motorcycle with expired tags along North State Street in Calpella. The driver reportedly refused to yield to the deputy’s lights, occasionally accelerating to over 90 miles per hour, driving erratically, and repeatedly veered into oncoming traffic as the deputy gave chase.
A Sergeant with the Sheriff’s Office ultimately made the call to terminate the pursuit after it reached Redwood Valley, at which point the deputy turned off his siren and lights.
Nonetheless, the deputies remained in the area and, from a distance, watched the motorcyclist turn onto Gabriel Lane — a dead end — and flee on foot from there.
Despite later deploying an unmanned aerial vehicle to scour the area of West Road, at Zehadoom Way to Ranchera Road, the driver, who has since been preliminarily identified as Mark Nielsen (pictured above), was not located.
Anyone with information on Nielsen’s potential whereabouts is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-463-4086.