OAKLAND -- A motorcyclist who was convicted of reckless driving after a CHP plane spotted him performing stunts and driving at speeds of up to 120 mph in April was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving early Friday after crashing his Corvette, injuring himself and a passenger, police said.

Corey McDonah, 23, of San Leandro, was transported to Highland Hospital with major injuries after the 3 a.m. crash on eastbound Interstate 580 near Park Boulevard, said a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

McDonah was driving a 1999 Chevy Corvette when he struck a curb and a light pole before the car overturned. A male passenger was ejected and found unconscious in front of the wrecked car; he was transported to Highland Hospital. The medical conditions of McDonah and the passenger were not released Monday.

Image from CHP video of McDonah’s April ride.
Image from CHP video of McDonah's April ride. (Via KPIX)

In April, McDonah was arrested by the CHP for recklessly driving his motorcycle and doing wheelies and other stunts on eastbound I-580. When the crew aboard a CHP plane spotted him traveling between 100 mph and 120 mph just east of the Macarthur Maze, the plane, equipped with a new high-powered camera, followed him down I-580, where officers witnessed McDonah doing high-speed motorcycle stunts.

The airplane followed McDonah to his home, where he parked the bike and went inside. He was later arrested on suspicion of reckless driving but shrugged off the arrest.

"I was just trying to go fast and get some (expletive) wheelies and show off a little bit," he told a TV reporter following the arrest.


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Because no one was injured during the April incident, McDonah was charged with a misdemeanor and pleaded no contest. He was fined, put on probation for three years, given 20 days on the sheriff's work program and 40 hours of public service.

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