- Associated Press - Saturday, October 10, 2015

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Topeka police say a fleeing motorcyclist has died after colliding with a pole.

The Topeka Capital-Journal (https://bit.ly/1jW2wpf ) reports that the crash happened late Friday night. Police Lt. Joe Perry said in a news release that the motorcyclist who was killed was 42-year-old Joseph A. Thomas.

Police attempted to stop Thomas at 10:26 p.m. for a turn violation. He sped away, initiating a pursuit. But after just a minute, officers terminated the chase as Thomas passed Interstate 70 northbound, driving over 80 mph.

Perry says that soon afterward, officers discovered the motorcycle had collided with a light pole. Thomas was transported to a hospital, where emergency room doctors declared him dead at 10:59 p.m.

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Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, https://www.cjonline.com

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