Police chase ends in crash, driver killed, car split into 2 pieces

BUNCOMBE COUNTY (WSPA) – A driver is dead after Buncombe County Sheriff’s deputies say he led them on a chase – at speeds of more than 100 mph – before crashing.

The car crashed, was split into two pieces and caught fire according to the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office. The driver was thrown out of the car and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The pursuit started on Interstate 26 around 10:30 pm Monday. A Buncombe County deputy was traveling in the eastbound lanes when he was passed by a car that was traveling at approximately 100 mph entering a construction zone.

No workers were in the construction zone at the time, but warning signs were set up to direct drivers through a change in a traffic pattern there.

The deputy chased the car, which got off I-26 at Brevard Road. We’re told the driver ignored red lights as he continued to drive before crashing in front of Bent Creek Baptist Church.

A witness says the driver of the speeding car had the headlights turned off.

Firefighters were called to the scene because the wrecked car was on fire. A search was needed to find the driver, who was found about ten yards from the front portion of the vehicle.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators have not released the driver’s name.

The deputy-involved chase went about two and a half miles.

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