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Motorcyclist Killed in Crash in Northeast DC Following Chase by Officers: Police

The motorcyclist crashed into a pole at Benning Road and Oklahoma Avenue NE

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A motorcyclist was killed in a crash in Northeast D.C. early Monday after being chased by officers, authorities said.

The motorcyclist crashed into a pole at Benning Road and Oklahoma Avenue NE before 3 a.m.

D.C. police said a chase by officers preceded the crash. 

The chase began in the 1900 block of 9th Street NW about 1:45 a.m. when an officer saw a man on an orange three-wheeled motorcycle, recognized him as a possible murder suspect and tried to pull him over.

About 2:45 a.m. police realized the man on the three-wheeler was not a murder suspect but just wanted for questioning. D.C. police called off its chase, but U.S. Park Police continued the pursuit until the fatal crash.

A section of Benning Road was shut down for hours and later reopened.

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. 

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