Virginia State Police Beat: Clint Gaskins Final Ride Ended When He Hit a Wall with Cops in Hot Pursuit
ARLINGTON, VA. — A Woodbridge man with a record of repeat DUI and traffic arrests made his final ride into the sunset just a few hours prior to the sunrise following a high-speed chase on two interstates.
Virginia State Police reports that shortly after 2:40 a.m., Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, Virginia State Police received a broadcast for a look-out for a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed on I-395 in Arlington County.
Two Virginia troopers spotted the motorcycle traveling south on I-395 near Edsall Road. The troopers observed the motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed and weaving in and out of traffic. One of the troopers determined the motorcycle was traveling 80 mph in the 55-mph zone. When the trooper activated his emergency lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop, the motorcycle sped away and a pursuit was initiated.
The pursuit continued south on I-395 and then onto south I-95, with the motorcycle traveling at speeds in excess of 130 mph. The motorcycle exited I-95 south onto Rt. 123. At Route 123 and Commerce Street in Prince William County, the motorcyclist lost control of the bike. The motorcycle ran off the right side of the road, and struck the curb, sidewalk and retaining wall.
The motorcyclist, Clint Ian Gaskins, 36, of Woodbridge, Va., died at the scene.
Gaskins was wearing a helmet, but it was not US DOT certified.
In Prince William General District Court on July 7, 2014, Gaskins was sentenced to 180 days in jail with all but ten days suspended on his 2nd DWI within ten years. Gaskins was fined $500.00. Gaskins was also jailed for five days for operating a vehicle on a suspended license.