A Holmen man was charged Wednesday in connection with a 100-mph chase that ended with him crashing his motorcycle off an Interstate 90 ramp.
Ryan Kofta, 20, was charged Wednesday with attempting to flee or elude an officer and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, 12th offense.
Police said the chase started at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday in the 1500 block of South Holmen Drive.
Officers attempted to stop Kofta, but police said he looked over his shoulder at them and accelerated in spite of their emergency lights and sirens, according to the criminal complaint.
Police terminated the pursuit at 10:49 a.m. because of heavy traffic after pursuing Kofta for a mile, according to the police report.
Kofta then crashed his motorcycle off a ramp to eastbound I-90, according to the complaint, and police arrested him at gunpoint.
Kofta told police he didn’t stop because “he did not have a license,” according to the police report.
Tri-State transported Kofta to Gundersen Health System. He was released from the hospital and arrested on charges of fleeing and eluding an officer, operating a motorcycle without a valid motorcycle license, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, 12th offense, and unreasonable and imprudent speed, second offense.
Kofta was ordered held on a $2,500 signature bond during his initial appearance Wednesday in La Crosse County Circuit Court.
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