EMPORIA, Va. (WAVY) — On Nov. 10, around 7:20 a.m., state police assisted Greensville Sheriff’s Department with a report of a disturbance at the Simmon’s Travel Center in the city of Emporia, police said.

The caller stated that a man was moving into the roadway slinging his arms up and down and challenging traffic, Greensville deputies said. The complaint also referenced the man urinating in the roadway, climbing on vehicles and appearing to be suffering from mental issues, police said.

The subject was identified as 48-year-old Lashone Antonio Butler.

Butler fled on foot before driving away in a 2011 Kia Optima. Greensville Sheriff’s Department began a pursuit that had traveled through the city of Emporia, onto Route 58 and Route 35, ending on Ivor Road in Southampton County when the vehicle crashed.

Butler was ejected in the crash, and was the only other person in the car. Deputies and state police attempted life saving measures, but were unsuccessful.

State police was requested to investigate the vehicle crash.

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