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Police chase ends in deadly crash

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Police investigate after a Meade County man dies in a crash after a police pursuit Aug. 1, 2013 in Shelby County. Police investigate after a Meade County man dies in a crash after a police pursuit Aug. 1, 2013 in Shelby County.

SHELBY COUNTY, KY (WAVE) - A police chase ended Friday morning with a driver dead.

The chase started around 3:45 a.m. when a deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office tried to stop a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer near the 43 mile marker on I-64.

State police say they received a 911 call about how the SUV was driving, and believe it was traveling at more than 100 mph.

The pursuit covered about 10 miles on the interstate, police said, with the driver taking Exit 32 to Hwy 55 south to Hwy 148. Four cruisers, two from both law enforcement agencies, followed the SUV.

"We don't choose pursuits. We just have to take care of the situation as we come upon it," Tooper Kendra Wilson said.

Eight miles after making that turn, according to authorities, the driver lost control in a curve and hit a line of trees. The impact ejected the driver, and officers put out a resulting fire.

"Officers informed me they backed off from the subject and backed away. They knew the road was curvy and treacherous. They didn't want to take a chance of him wrecking. He continued on at a high rate of speed in a reckless manner and was not able to maneuver the curves," Trooper Wilson said.

The driver, Marcus Slone, 29, of Brandenburg, died at the scene.

KSP spent Friday morning reconstructing the accident scene. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office and Kentucky State Police are investigating whether deputies and troopers followed pursuit policies.

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