Man dies after crashing during police chase in Sunset Hills

Pictured above: The Sunset Hills Police Department drives in the SunCrest Fest parade in September 2018. Photo by Gloria Lloyd.

A man died after a police chase in Sunset Hills overnight Wednesday.

The Sunset Hills Police Department said that a still unidentified man leading police on a high-speed chase through the city crashed into the side of a bank, was ejected from the car and died at the scene.

A Sunset Hills police officer patrolling around 2:54 a.m. Wednesday noticed a car behind the building in an industrial area in the 12900 block of Old Gravois Road, where the department said there has been a string of thefts from businesses and cars.

When the officer drove around the building to investigate, the driver, a man, fled east on Old Gravois “driving erratically and at a high rate of speed,” the Police Department said in a news release.

The man was the only occupant of the car.

The officer chased the man east on Gravois Road and north on South Lindbergh Boulevard, while the man continued to “drive erratically and at a high rate of speed,” police said.

The officer lost sight of the fleeing car, but then found the car had crashed into the side of the BMO Harris Bank building at 3701 S. Lindbergh Blvd. in Sunset Hills.

The man was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.

The bank was damaged in the crash.

The driver, who police described as a white man roughly 30 years old, has not yet been identified. After he is identified, police will not release his identity until his next of kin are notified.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.