Driver dies in crash after high speed chase

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By Lisa King

A Brandenburg man was killed early Friday morning in a car crash during a high-speed pursuit in Shelby County, police say.

Kentucky State Police spokesperson Kendra Wilson said that Marcus A. Slone, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Fisherville Road by the Shelby County Coroner's Office.

Jeff Ivers, chief deputy coroner, said that alcohol is suspected as a factor in the crash, but that won't be confirmed for about two weeks, until toxicology results came back from the medical examiner’s office, he said.

Wilson said that at 3:44 a.m., the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office called KSP dispatch to request assistance with a pursuit which began at mile marker 35 on Interstate 64 Westbound. Deputies had responded to a 911 call of a reckless driver on I-64 near the 43 mile marker. The pursuit began after officers attempted to stop the vehicle, a red 2000 Chevrolet Blazer, for reckless driving and excessive speeds over 100 mph.

The vehicle left the interstate, turning south onto Taylorsville Road, leading police on a 10-mile chase before turning onto KY 148, Fisherville Road, where the pursuit continued for about 8 more miles before Slone lost control of the Blazer in a curve, left the roadway and struck a tree line. He was ejected from the vehicle, which overturned and caught fire. Officers at the scene attempted to extinguish the fire before the fire departments arrived.

Kentucky State Police was assisted at the scene by Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, Shelby County Fire, Shelby County EMS, Eastwood Fire Department, Simpsonville Fire Department and Shelby County Coroner’s Office.

The investigation into the crash is continuing by KSP’s reconstruction team from the Frankfort Post.