Crash after 40-mile police chase from Sussex to Suffolk leaves one dead

Posted at 9:23 AM, Feb 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-02 13:20:27-05

Suffolk, Va. - One person is dead after a fatal crash that occurred on US-58 during a police chase on Tuesday morning.

The chase reportedly started on US-460W in Sussex County around 8:00 a.m. when a Virginia State Trooper attempted to stop the vehicle for speeding.

One trooper clocked the vehicle at 76 mph in a 45 mph zone. Another trooper had clocked the suspect traveling at 105 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Both troopers chased the vehicle from Sussex County into Suffolk, where the vehicle exited onto US-58.

A trooper attempted to block the suspect's vehicle, but the suspect side-swiped the trooper's vehicle before hitting it again at a high rate of speed.

After hitting the trooper's vehicle, the suspect lost control and ran off the road, hit a tree and caught on fire.

The suspect was the only person in the vehicle and was killed on impact. She has been identified as 56-year-old Sheila Besley of Hopewell.

The trooper whose vehicle was hit is shaken up but didn't require medical attention. There was a significant amount of damage done to his vehicle.

Virginia State Police are investigating the crash. Suffolk Police were also involved.

At this time, one eastbound lane of US-58 is open while the scene is investigated.

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.