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High-speed motorcyclist headed to the slammer

Posted: July 23, 2008 10:20 p.m.
Updated: September 23, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 
Joseph Milhoan spent some 18 months evading officers of the law, speeding away on his motorcycle when they gave chase.

He's going to spend nearly the same amount of time behind bars.

The 21-year-old Canyon Country resident was sentenced Wednesday to 16 months in state prison at the Santa Clarita Superior Court, according to a sheriff's report.

He agreed to a plea deal which included one felony count of evading a peace officer and misdemeanor counts of driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, and probation violation.

When arrested May 14, he 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.

"This is a perfect example of how serious our deputies and the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office are taking these types of reckless actions and offenses," sheriff's Capt. Anthony La Berge said in a statement. "Although this young man is losing his freedom for a while, he could have lost his life or seriously injured an innocent person."

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

Over that year and a half, it was common practice for a certain 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.

Milhoan was arrested after a sheriff's deputy recalled seeing a Honda CBR motorcycle that matched the description at a home on Begonias Lane.

Milhoan's riding helmet bore a sticker reading: "capable of evading high-speed pursuit."

He is in custody at Pitchess Detention Center pending transfer to a state prison.

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