The State Police are investigating a police chase and crash in West Memphis that led to the death of a suspect.

West Memphis police tried to stop an eastbound vehicle on Interstate 40 about 5 p.m. Monday. As they pursued, the driver reportedly struck police patrol cars and reversed direction. He began driving westbound towards officers in eastbound lanes, a State Police release said.

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At least one local officer fired on the vehicle, which struck an eastbound tractor-trailer rig. The driver was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Ronald Clinton, 47, of Memphis was identified as the driver. An autopsy will determine the cause of death and State Police will review circumstances.

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The wreck caused traffic problems on I-40.