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.


The wreck caused traffic problems on I-40.