The Marion Police Department said a man died after his vehicle overturned during a chase on Sunday. Police identified the victim as Timothy Joe Millington, 39, of Swannanoa.
Officers said they were attempting to locate a van that had been reported stolen from Iglesia Bautista Monte Sinai church.The vehicle was spotted a few minutes later and officers tried to stop the van, police said.
According to officers, Millington did not stop the vehicle and merged onto I-40. Officers said they pursued the vehicle for several miles.
Police said they lost sight of the vehicle after Millington got off the interstate at exit 75. After driving around a curve in the road, officers said they discovered the van had crashed and overturned.
According to police, Millington was not wearing a seatbelt and died as a result of the crash.
Marion Police said the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is helping investigate the crash.
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