The driver of the motorcycle failed to negotiate a corner on Juniper Canyon Road and hit a road sign

by: PHOTO COURTESY OF CROOK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE - The driver, Bryan France, was found sitting on the shoulder about 50 feet from the crashed motorcycle.

On Sunday, June 29, around 5 p.m., deputies from the Crook County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the area of Southeast Juniper Canyon Road near Southeast Davis Loop, approximately seven miles south of Prineville, on a report of a motorcycle crash with injuries.

According to Sgt. James Savage of the Crook County Sheriff’s Department, when deputies arrived, they located a 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle lying in the dirt, off the road on the west side of Southeast Juniper Canyon Road. The driver of the motorcycle, Bryan France, 49, of Prineville, was found sitting in the dirt on the shoulder of the road approximately 50 feet south of the motorcycle.

France had been southbound on Southeast Juniper Canyon Road when he lost control of the motorcycle, failing to negotiate a curve, at which point the motorcycle left the west side of the road. The motorcycle hit a road sign, breaking the 4-by-4 post off near the ground, resulting in France being ejected off of the motorcycle.

France was examined at the scene by paramedics from Crook County Fire and Rescue, but refused transport to the hospital.

France was subsequently taken into custody on charges of Driving Under the Influence, Reckless Driving and Criminal Mischief. As a result of visible injuries, France was transported by deputies to St. Charles Hospital in Prineville prior to being taken to the Crook County Jail.

Savage said that while at the hospital France was cited and released on the above mentioned charges due to his injuries and was later admitted to the hospital. France was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash.

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