WESTPORT — A Westport man’s attempt to escape police came to an abrupt end after he lost control of his motorcycle as he went off-roading, police said.

According to police reports, Officer Sam Sabin was conducting traffic detail at the Merritt Parkway overpass on Easton Road around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday when an operator revving his motorcycle engine caught his eye.

The eastbound lane of the road was closed to traffic, and the westbound lane was being used for alternating traffic. Sabin reports that when the time came he stopped the car in front of the motorcycle, so that he could speak with the driver.

When Sabin signaled for the motorcycle to pull over, the driver — who police later identified as 24-year-old Jonathan Loeser of Westport — took off at a “high rate of speed” to the right of the stopped vehicle, police said.

Police said Loeser’s motorcycle escape was short-lived, however, as his attempt to hop up on to the sidewalk to his right caused him to lose control and sent him crashing to the ground.

The crash did not deter Loeser though, as police said the 24-year-old picked himself of the ground and attempted to flee on foot. Sabin reports that he quickly caught up with Loeser and placed him under arrest.

Loeser was charged with interfering with an officer, disobeying the signal of an officer and operating a motorcycle without endorsement.

He was released on $500, and he is expected in court on Sept. 25.

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