Janke

MOSES LAKE - A Moses Lake man who left his injured passenger after crashing his motorcycle was sentenced to three months of work release.

Mark Janke, 46, pleaded guilty in Grant County Superior Court to vehicular assault. He was initially charged with felony hit-and-run and reckless endangerment but the charges were amended as part of a plea agreement.

A judge sentenced Janke to three months in jail, to be served in the work release facility starting Nov. 4. Janke was also ordered to pay $15,854 in restitution to the victim, and will undergo a substance use evaluation. His driver’s license has also been revoked, according to court records.

Moses Lake police responded about 12:45 a.m on April 26 to reports of a motorcycle crash on East Third Avenue and East Broadway Avenue. Witnesses told police two motorcycles were together when one lost control, according to court records.

Officers located the female victim on the ground unconscious. The woman sustained a concussion, brain bleed, broken clavicle and bruised ribs. She was taken to Samaritan Hospital before being transferred to Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane. 

The victim told police she was riding with Janke after the two had left a bar.

“It is believed the driver of the motorcycle was traveling at a high rate of speed and unable to negotiate the curve in the roadway,” police stated. “The driver locked up the brakes causing the tire to skid, where the motorcycle struck the curb and (the victim) was then ejected from the motorcycle and sustained her injuries.”

A witness was able to get a picture of the fleeing motorcycle, showing a male suspect riding a black-colored “cruiser style motorcycle” with chrome trim, according to Moses Lake police.

Officers responded to Janke’s residence where a family member allowed police to search the home. Janke was not found but police located a black Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle in the garage. Police say the motorcycle had fresh damage consistent with a crash and the engine was hot to the touch.

Janke turned himself in later the same day.

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