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Motorcyclist killed in Orange County high-speed chase

September 1, 2010 |  7:38 am

A motorcyclist who led police on a high-speed chase starting in San Clemente was killed early Wednesday after he crashed on Interstate 5 in Laguna Hills.

Police attempted to pull the motorcyclist over about 12:20 a.m. near Avenida Vista Hermosa in San Clemente, possibly for speeding, said Denise Quesada, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol.

The motorcyclist sped away, leading police on a chase that reached speeds above 100 mph, Quesada said.

The chase ended about 20 minutes later just south of La Paz Road in Laguna Hills when the motorcycle clipped  another vehicle, spun out of control and ejected the driver onto the shoulder.

The male motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene, Quesada said.

-- Kate Linthicum