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Blotter: Motorcycle rider remains in critical condition after crash

A motorcycle rider remained in critical condition Thursday afternoon after crashing his black Harley-Davidson into a guard rail on the ramp from northbound Interstate 35E to Interstate 35W, according to Denton police spokesman Bryan Cose.

Police are investigating whether the 53-year-old man was intoxicated when he hit the guard rail on the left side of the ramp. He was not wearing a helmet when he was thrown from the motorcycle, Cose said. 

Traffic investigators weren't able to speak to the man, who was taken to Medical City Denton with potentially life-threatening injuries, until Thursday afternoon, Cose said. 

No one else was involved in the accident. He said police responded to the scene at 7:17 p.m. and shut down the ramp until 10:30 p.m. The man was airlifted to the hospital, where he was placed in the intensive care unit. 

The accident occurred about 200 feet away from the scene of an accident Tuesday involving a pedestrian. In that incident, a man in his 20s was hit by a car in the southbound lanes of I-35E. Police said he had been trying to cross the highway. 

No charges have been filed in that accident, and the pedestrian is expected to survive. 

Cose said the only connection between the two accidents is the location. Tuesday's crash took place within a construction zone, but police don't believe the construction played a role. 

Wednesday's motorcycle crash happened outside of the construction zone. 


1000 block of East McKinney Street — A 27-year-old man was charged with attempted burglary on Wednesday after a failed attempt to break into Taqueria Guanajuato, according to police.

A Denton police officer responded to the burglar alarm at about 3 a.m. Police found a damaged door on the building, but no one entered the taqueria, the report said.

Officers later found a man matching witness descriptions, and he was taken to Denton City Jail.

2800 block of South Interstate 35 — Denton police did not make any arrests when they responded to an attempted robbery at Ben E. Keith Beverages on Wednesday night, according to a police report.

The report contained minimal information and did not mention whether anything was stolen. The victim was listed as a 26-year-old man.

2600 block of West University Drive — A 60-year-old homeless man was arrested after police found him intoxicated and unconscious at the Rayzor Ranch Marketplace on Wednesday, according to a police report.

A citizen reported the unconscious man at about 10 a.m. Police later spoke to the man, who said he was homeless and did not have a safe place to go, according to the report.

Police said the man could barely stand and had soiled himself. He was taken to Denton City Jail on a charge of public intoxication with three prior convictions.


From 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday:

The Denton County Sheriff's Office handled 1,031 service and officer-initiated calls for the agencies it serves, and 48 people were booked into Denton County Jail. 

Denton police handled 174 calls for service and made 11 arrests. 

Denton firefighters responded to 22 medical calls, two vehicle accidents and one building fire.