PATRICK COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Virginia State Police (VSP) are investigating a fatal crash in Patrick County during a vehicle pursuit.

VSP says the crash happened on Thursday, September 22 at 4:01 p.m. on Route 8 at the Ashby Drive intersection. A 1987 Jeep Commanche was traveling south on Route 8 fleeing from the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office when it attempted to make a sharp right turn and went down a steep embankment.

The driver of the Jeep was identified by state police as 28-year-old Joseph Lee Eugene Duncan Jr. of Galax. Troopers say Duncan was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene of the crash.

The crash still remains under investigation and troopers were assisted by the Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team.