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Man on motorcycle arrested after high-speed pursuit through San Luis Obispo

A San Luis Obispo motorcyclist was arrested this afternoon after police say he led officers on a brief high-speed chase on a busy local street.

Michael Arendt, 37, was allegedly driving a 2009 Yamaha FZ6R 600cc motorcycle at a high rate of speed near Broad and South streets when a police officer saw him do a “wheelie” and activated his emergency lights.

Police say Arendt began to pull over but sped away in an attempt to evade the officer.

Arendt allegedly accelerated to more than 100 mph on Tank Farm Road. The officer terminated the pursuit less than a minute after it started, police said, deeming it too dangerous to continue.

Officers on an unrelated patrol later spotted Arendt traveling at a high speed on northbound Highway 101, police said. His motorcycle was later found abandoned at the Mission Trailer Park on Higuera Street.

Arendt was later arrested on suspicion of felony evading arrest and a parole violation. He was taken to County Jail on $25,000 bail.

No injuries were reported and no vehicles were damaged in the pursuit, police said.

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