A York-area motorcyclist suffered serious injuries in a fiery crash when he allegedly attempted to flee a police officer who had discontinued the pursuit Wednesday night, police said.

Wesley E. Dowsey, 34, was thrown from the 2003 Suzuki he was driving south on Roosevelt Avenue in West Manchester Township when, about 10:15 p.m., he crossed into the opposing lane and struck a Jeep Wrangler head on, according to state police.

He was taken to York Hospital for treatment. An update on his condition could not be provided by the hospital Thursday evening.

According to state police, a West Manchester Township Police officer attempted to stop Dowsey for a traffic violation on Roosevelt Avenue. Instead of stopping, Dowsey quickly accelerated to a high-rate of speed, prompting the officer to stop the pursuit, state police said.

Dowsey passed several vehicles on Roosevelt Avenue but his ride came to an end when he failed to negotiate a curve near Parkway Boulevard and crashed into the Jeep, police said.

Dowsey was thrown from the motorcycle and into a nearby fence, police said.

The motorcycle burst into flames, according to York County 911.

David A. Boeckel, the 60-year-old driver of the Jeep, suffer a minor injury, police said.

— Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.



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