Patrick Co. pursuit ends in fatal crash

Authorities report the crash happened while Patrick Co. Sheriff’s Office was pursuing the...
Authorities report the crash happened while Patrick Co. Sheriff’s Office was pursuing the stolen vehicle.(Credit: MGN)
Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 10:59 AM EDT
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PATRICK Co., Va. (WDBJ) - Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal crash that happened Thursday afternoon during a car chase.

The crash happened while the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office was pursuing the vehicle.

Police say the incident happened just after 4 p.m. on Route 8, at the intersection with Ashby Drive.

VSP says the vehicle was a stolen 1987 Jeep Commanche. The driver of the Jeep was traveling southbound on Route 8 and attempted an abrupt turn onto Ashby Drive, ran off the right side of the road and down a steep embankment, according to police.

The driver, Joseph Lee Eugene Duncan, Jr., 28, of Galax, was not wearing his seatbelt and died at the scene.