It's never a good idea to try to run from the cops. Besides being illegal, no one has the skills to negotiate congested and unpredictable California freeway traffic at speeds in excess of 100 mph. And often when we see this attempted, it is by young, inexperienced riders. (Of course, those of us who are older and have been riding for awhile usually know better.)
But here's a lesson for you would-be cop evaders (and it should go without saying, but please take this as intended, i.e., tongue-in-cheek): Harley's are not made for off-roading! Big, fully-inflated cruiser tires are simply not cut out for riding in the sand. Don't believe me? Just ask 28-year-old biker Brian Thomas Dill.
According tot he CHP, Mr. Dill was riding his '02 Harley on southbound Highway 101 in Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo County), when a cop tried to pull him over for a routine traffic violation. Rather than pulling over, the biker fled, and led the CHP on a chase from Paso Robles to Morro Bay. Perhaps he needed to cool off, because Mr. Dill decided to take the chase off rode, riding onto the beach north of Morro Rock. Unfortunately for the suspect, his old Harley-Davidson wasn't having it. The bike became stuck in the sand, and Mr. Dill was apprehended shortly thereafter.
According to the CHP, the suspect was under the influence, and found to be in possession of a concealed shotgun and two daggers. Oh, and he was already wanted by the police in connection with a shooting in Atascadero. So maybe there was a method to his madness. One last stroll on the beach before lock-up?
I shouldn't have to say it after this story, but as a motorcycle accident lawyer, I just can't help it: A good lawyer may be able to help you out of a legal jam, and we can sure help you get justice if you've been injured by a careless driver, but we can't put you back together if you get yourself killed acting like an idiot. There are enough dangers out there without doing things this stupid. Ride safe, be smart.