Motorcyclist killed while fleeing from Kansas police

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Authorities say a motorcyclist has been killed while fleeing from officers in northeast Kansas.

Gilford Lee Sherley Jr., 54, of Paola, drove off at a high rate of speed Friday night after Osawatomie police tried to stop him for multiple traffic violations. The Miami County Sheriff's Office says Sherley then went off the side of the road and crashed into a tree.

No one else was riding on the motorcycle with Sherley. The crash remains under investigation.

Kansas Department of Corrections records show Sherley was paroled to Miami County in March. He had prior convictions of robbery, aggravated assault, attempted kidnapping, drug possession, burglary, fleeing law enforcement and criminal damage to property.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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