VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - A driver who led police on a short chase through Virginia Beach Tuesday night crashed and overturned on Interstate 264.
According to Tonya Borman with the Virginia Beach Police Department, officers noticed a vehicle traveling on the boardwalk around 9:40 p.m. When they attempted to stop the driver, a chase ensued.
"I was like, alright, there is something going on with this guy and it's just not right," Virginia Beach Master Police Officer Rick Spreder said.
When the vehicle struck a concrete planter, the elderly driver left the boardwalk and began driving erratically to Interstate 264 westbound. The driver then side-swiped a slower moving vehicle, lost control and overturned at Birdneck Road, Borman said.
"He just kind of grazed the car, lost control and went upside down," Spreder said.
"The subject appeared to be unconscious," Officer Brandon Butler said. "He was still in the driver's seat"
The vehicle burst into flames and the driver was pulled from it by three officers.
"I just didn't want to sit there and watch this man burn alive in the van," Butler said.
The driver was then transported with non-life threatening injuries to a local hospital. Borman said the driver was suffering from a medical condition and no criminal charges will be sought.
"That's what we do every day and what's expected of ourselves and expected of each other," officer Melissa Johnston said.
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