Motorcyclist dies while in Mohave County custody

LITTLEFIELD, AZ - A motorcyclist who was arrested after fleeing a traffic stop in the Arizona Strip region has died in custody.

Mohave County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Trish Carter says deputies in the Littlefield area spotted a motorcycle Friday night traveling without a rear license plate.

Deputies attempted to stop the rider, who then abandoned his vehicle and ran into the desert.

Carter says deputies found him in some brush and used a Taser twice after he allegedly became combative.

The suspect stopped breathing while being led in handcuffs to a patrol car.

Despite paramedics' efforts, the man died at the scene.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety is investigating the incident. The deputies involved have been placed on paid administrative leave.

The motorcyclist has not yet been identified.

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