Police identify driver accused of leading deputy on chase, killed in crash

ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- Virginia State Police released the name of a driver who died in a head-on collision with a tractor trailer Monday night.

William McChell Chapman, 27, of the 5600 block of Darby Close in Portsmouth, was accused of leading a sheriff's deputy on a chase.

Investigators said the pursuit started after a deputy tried to pull over a 2003 Ford Explorer for speeding on Benns Church Boulevard in Smithfield. They said that driver -- Chapman -- would not stop.

During the pursuit, investigators said Chapman turned off his lights in an effort to lose the deputy. They said Chapman then drove onto Route 10 where he collided with a tractor trailer. The SUV caught fire. Chapman died upon impact.

The driver of the tractor trailer, 34-year-old Christopher Logan, was not hurt in the crash.

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