Man on speeding scooter slams into pole in Melbourne after an early morning police chase

A 34-year-old man who Melbourne police say led officers on an early morning chase while riding a motor scooter was injured after slamming into a light pole.

The crash happened at about 4:25 a.m. in the 700 block of U.S. 1 after the unidentified man hit the pole while going at least 50 mph, officials say. The southbound lanes of U.S. 1 were briefly closed before dawn as Melbourne police carried out an investigation.

“We attempted to stop a motor scooter for a suspected DUI when he fled,” said Sgt. Scott Mostert of the Melbourne Police Department.

“He was riding a scooter but it can be classified as a motorcycle. We believe he was going more than 50 mph. He’s injured but it doesn’t appear to be anything life threatening.”

Charges are pending in the case.

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