A motorcyclist — believed to be a Fort Hood solider — fled from multiple law enforcement officers at high speed late Saturday afternoon in northern Brown County after a pursuit that began in Eastland County.  The rider remained at large Monday after abandoning the motorcycle, sheriff’s officials said.
    Deputies impounded the 2004 Kawasaki sport motorcycle after finding it behind farm equipment at the intersection of U.S. Highway 183 North and County Road 417, Sheriff Vance Hill said.
    According to a report by sheriff’s Cpl. Taylor Fletcher:
    Fletcher responded to the May area on Highway 183 at 6:13 p.m. to assist a Department of Public Safety trooper with a pursuit traveling southbound from the Rising Star area.
    The trooper passed FM 585 north of May and reported the motorcycle was traveling in excess of 150 mph and weaving in and out of traffic. The trooper lost sight of the motorcycle in May.
    Deputies and multiple troopers searched the May area, and Hill located the motorcycle traveling south off of Country Road 117 at the FM 2273 and FM 2559 intersection.
    Hill said the motorcyclist road toward him, and he showed his badge and ordered the rider to stop. “Why, what’s going on?” Hill quoted the rider as saying. The rider revved past him, and Hill began pursuing.
    The rider turned onto County Road 105, and Hill terminated his pursuit because of driving conditions on the dirt road. Less than a minute later, Hill reinitiated the pursuit, as the rider had turned around.
    Parks and Wildlife officer Brian Tompkins joined the pursuit, which continued onto FM 2559. Tompkins saw the rider turn into the Byrd’s Store area, and Hill located the motorcycle and rider in the Windham Cemetery.
    The rider accelerated through multiple patrol vehicles and fled on FM 2559, then turned onto FM 2273, traveling in excess of 120 mph.
    Deputy Jim Cornelius saw the motorcycle traveling south on Highway 183 near County Road 417 at 6:46 p.m., and a citizen reported seeing the motorcycle turn onto County Road 417. Deputies formed a perimeter by staging at all points of egress on County Road 417, and investigator Carlyle Gover located the motorcycle after the rider abandoned it.
    Deputies unsuccessfully searched the area for the rider. It appeared the rider had removed the licensed plate from the motorcycle, and deputies learned the identify of the registered owner, a 21-year-old man through the VIN number.
     After learning the motorcycle’s owner is a military member from Fort Hood, authorities contacted the man’s supervisors there. They could not locate the solider. The man is a motocross enthusiast who regularly races his motorcycle at events, Fletcher’s report states, citing the soldier’s Facebook page and conversations between authorities and the soldier’s Fort Hood supervisor.
    Hill said he anticipates felony warrants will be sought on the suspect.