Motorcyclists lead cops on chase

October 10, 1997


Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man and his pregnant wife were arrested early Thursday morning when he spilled his motorcycle at the end of a high-speed chase with West Virginia State Police.

Neither Bradley C. Boarman, 22, of Hedgesville, nor 19-year-old Serena D. Boarman, of Martinsburg, were injured in the accident, which occurred at about 4:25 a.m.

The chase began at 3:48 a.m. on U.S. 11 South when Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy K.C. Bohrer began pursuing Bradley Boarman, who was traveling at a high rate of speed northbound near Inwood. Borhrer chased the 1981 Honda onto Airport Road and through Grubbs Crossroads before breaking off the pursuit.


At 4:19 a.m., Trooper C.A. Mahood was westbound on Airport Road when he spotted the motorcycle, now with both Boarmans aboard, speeding eastbound. Mahood chased the couple onto Nadenbousch Lane and Sulphur Springs Road, crossing W.Va. 51.

On Old W.Va. 51, Boarman drove into a gravel driveway and lost control of the bike, laying it down. The cruiser struck the cycle, causing about $500 to the police vehicle, according to state police.

The police report alleged that during the chase, Boarman almost wrecked several times, crossed the center line, ran stop signs and exceeded the speed limit

Mahood checked Serena Boarman to see if she was hurt, then followed Bradley Boarman on foot into a wooded area. Mahood lost Boarman, but called in a Martinsburg City Police Department K-9 unit.

The dog found Boarman lying in tall weeds just after 5 a.m. Boarman reportedly had an open bottle of malt liquor in the knapsack he was carrying.

Bradley Boarman was charged with two counts of felony fleeing and eluding while driving under the influence, two counts of reckless driving, driving under the influence, obstructing an officer, driving left of center, speeding and running a stop sign. He was also arrested on five worthless check warrants.

He was jailed on $16,592.75 bond.

Serena Boarman was arrested on two worthless check warrants, but was released on her own recognizance.

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