JUPITER, FLA., APRIL 5 -- Wesley Snipes sped by a state trooper and led him on a 120 mph chase before he lost control of his motorcycle and was thrown from it, authorities said today. The actor wasn't seriously hurt.
Snipes refused medical treatment and was cited at the scene for reckless driving, said Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Sherian Staley.
The chase began Monday night, authorities said, after Snipes sped between Trooper Steve Walker's marked patrol car and another motorist on the two-lane southbound side of the Florida Turnpike.
The pursuit continued for 30 miles, ending as Snipes tried to exit the highway at the Jupiter offramp. He crashed when his motorcycle and the front of the patrol car bumped, Staley said.
Authorities didn't know how fast Snipes was traveling when he was thrown. He suffered only minor injuries, Staley said.
Snipes's spokesman issued a statement today denying that the actor was trying to elude police.
"Contrary to rumors of an intentional high-speed chase, Mr. Snipes was unaware of the patrol car trailing him," spokesman David C. Pollick said. He said Snipes was leaving the highway for gas when he lost control.
The 31-year-old action-adventure star has appeared in such films as "Demolition Man" and "Rising Sun." He is in Florida filming "Drop Zone," in which he plays a federal marshal who infiltrates a band of skydivers while tracking a killer.
Snipes had another brush with the law during a motorcycle mishap in August. A bystander spotted a 9mm semiautomatic pistol under Snipes's jacket when his motorcycle overturned in Los Angeles.
Snipes pleaded no contest to carrying a loaded weapon. He was placed on two years' unsupervised probation and fined $2,700.
Snipes is licensed to own and carry a gun in his home state of Florida and had registered the gun in California, but he lacked the required special permit to carry a concealed weapon in Los Angeles.