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Alabama authorities: Motorcyclist dies while fleeing police

Authorities say a motorcyclist is dead after crashing while attempting to flee from a sheriff's deputy in Alabama.

Posted: Apr 29, 2019 5:12 PM

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a motorcyclist is dead after crashing while attempting to flee from a sheriff's deputy in Alabama.

Media outlets report the fatal wreck happened Sunday night in Autauga County, north of Montgomery.

Sheriff Joe Sedinger tells the Montgomery Advertiser a deputy pulled over a motorcycle rider after someone called about a group of motorcyclists speeding on her road.

The sheriff says the rider was armed with a pistol and got back on the motorcycle and fled from the officer. The motorcycle then collided head-on with another vehicle, killing the rider.

State troopers have identified the dead man as 29-year-old Justin Dewayne Sims of Sylacauga.

State police are investigating.

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