The Chase That Wasn’t Really a Chase

Car 8 just started pursuing a motorcycle that was weaving in and out of traffic on Market Street at 7:24 p.m.
“He’s driving like a real nut. I’m not sure what his problem is,” reported an officer who was asked the reason for the pursuit. He also reported the driver had a passenger on the back of the bike.
Just as quickly as it started, though, police broke off the chase by 7:25 p.m., after the driver went the wrong way up Hancock Street.
“No one is to pursue that car,” ordered Sgt. Mark LeBlanc, a street supervisor. “We’ll see if we can monitor it. That’s it.”
Officers still followed the bike at low speeds, with their lights and sirens off.
The driver apparently drove onto Fletcher Street toward Dutton Street, then turned onto Broadway Street, School Street, and finally Westford Street, before police lost track of him as he drove toward Chelmsford.
The last officer to spot the bike said people on Westford Street were pointing outbound to tell officers where the bike had gone.
“He’s going like Mach 5,” that officer said.
Chelmsford Police were notified.
The bike was described as a gray or light-blue “Japanese motorcycle.”
Police had returned to normal patrols by 7:27 p.m.
So, that’s that. The only question left for the motorcycle driver is whether police got his plate…

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