Motorcycle chase reaches 130 mph, ends in crash that kills rider

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PUEBLO, Colo. — A short, but high-speed police chase ended with the death of a man driving a stolen motorcycle on a city street in Pueblo Tuesday morning.

The Colorado State Patrol was conducting aircraft team operations on I-25 north of Pueblo when one of the aircraft identified a man driving a Honda motorcycle traveling northbound at speeds of approximately 130 miles per hour at 9:27 a.m.,

According to CSP Public Information Officer Nate Reid, the aircraft alerted ground patrol, which began tailing a mile behind the motorcyclist. They caught up to the motorcycle near mile marker 114. At that point the motorcyclist sped off, ran over a median, crossed through southbound traffic and exited at mile marker 108 near the Pueblo West area.

After exiting, the motorcyclist crashed into the side of a dump truck that was pulling into the Public Works parking lot at McCulloch Boulevard. The crash occurred at 9:35 a.m. — meaning the chase lasted less than 10 minutes — and the motorcyclist was pronounced dead on scene.

No other injuries were reported.

The motorcyclist was later identified as a 31-year-old Pubelo West man. The Honda motorcycle he was driving was reported stolen by Colorado Springs Police on July 15.