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Cops catch up with biker -- 18 months later

Posted: May 15, 2008 10:06 p.m.
Updated: July 16, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Joseph Milhoan's Honda motorcycle gets checked in by sheriff's deputies.

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In addition to a graphic memorializing a dead friend, Joseph Milhoan's motorcycle helmet was also emblazoned with a sticker reading: "Capable of evading high speed pursuit."

That apparently wasn't the case Tuesday.

Milhoan, 21, was arrested after allegedly evading peace officers on his motorcycle for the last 18 months, according to a sheriff's report.

Over the last year and a half, it was common practice for a motorcyclist to flee at high speeds when sheriff's deputies and California Highway Patrol Officers attempted a traffic stop.

In each case the rider would race away on local surface streets at speeds of 100 mph and more, according to the report. The most recent run-in was reportedly on Monday.

The tide turned this week when a deputy reportedly recalled seeing a 2006 Honda CBR motorcycle matching the description parked on Begonias Lane in Canyon Country.

On Tuesday, Milhoan was arrested during an operation conducted by deputies from the traffic department of the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station, according to the report.

The Canyon Country resident was booked on felony charges of reckless evading with willful disregard for public safety, and assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer; and a misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. He was also on probation for reckless driving at the time of the arrest.

He is being held in lieu of $125,000 bail.

According to the report, on Nov. 15, 2006, Milhoan is suspected of dragging a deputy two feet when the deputy grabbed the motorcyclist's arm in an attempt to stop him from fleeing during a traffic stop.

Milhoan is suspected of then turning his motorcycle around and driving toward the deputy, grazing the deputy with the motorcycle, then speeding away.

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