DORMONT (KDKA) – A police chase turned into a fatal crash early Monday morning in Dormont.

According to police, the chase started around 12:30 a.m. after 40-year-old Daniel Arch fled the scene of a two-car accident on West Liberty Avenue.

Arch did not have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license.

“My officer pursued the vehicle,” Dormont Police Sgt. James Burke said. “The pursuit went down to the entrance of I-279 where Mr. Arch traveling at a pretty decent speed lost control of the van – subsequently ejected from the van.”

Arch lost control of his van as he tried to merge onto the Parkway West near the Fort Pitt Tunnel.

The van struck a concrete barrier, rolled onto the driver’s side and slid for several hundred feet before coming to rest.

Dormont police say they aren’t sure why Arch left the scene. Arch was not wearing a seatbelt and died as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.

State police are handling the investigation. They’re looking into exactly how fast Arch was traveling when the situation happened.

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