A motorcyclist attempting to flee police early Sunday, was killed when he ran off the road and crashed into a retaining wall in Prince William County, Virginia State Police said.
A police spokeswoman identified the motorcyclist as 36-year-old Clint I. Gaskins, of Woodbridge. He died at the scene of the crash.
The incident occurred around 2:40 a.m., when state police were notified to look out for a speeding motorcyclist headed southbound on Interstate 395 near Arlington County. When officers spotted Gaskins on his motorcycle, he was weaving in-and-out of traffic and traveling 80 mph in a 55 mile-per-hour zone, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
“When the trooper activated his emergency lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop,” Geller said, “the motorcycle sped away and a pursuit was initiated.”
The chase continued southbound from I-395 to I-95; at times, Gaskins reached speeds in excess of 130 mph, Geller said.
Gaskins exited the highway at Route 123 in Prince William County. When he reached the intersection of Route 123 and Commerce Street, he lost control of the motorcycle, ran off the side of the road, struck a curb and hit a retaining wall, according to police.
Geller said Gaskins was wearing a helmet, but it was not certified the by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
The incident remains under investigation.