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KOKOMO, Ind. — A man died in a crash Sunday after leading police on a chase through downtown Kokomo that started when he crashed into a Dollar General store.

At about 12:45 a.m., police were called to the Dollar General located at 1234 N. Washington St. after a blue Dodge struck the building and left the scene.

The Kokomo Police Department said an officer on patrol in the area noticed it accelerate at a high rate of speed south on Washington Street. The driver turned westbound on Jefferson Street and came to a stop in the 400 block. Police commanded the driver to turn off the vehicle and place his hands outside, but he refused to comply and shouted expletives at officers while making verbal threats, KPD said.

“For over six minutes, officers tried to get the driver to cooperate, turn off his vehicle, and comply with their commands but the driver refused,” KPD said in a release.

Police said as officers prepared to approach the vehicle, the driver took off west on Jefferson Street and tried to elude officers as he led them on a pursuit through downtown Kokomo. The driver crashed into two parked cars while traveling eastbound in the 300 block of East Mulberry Street.

Officers found the driver — who was the only one inside the vehicle — to be unconscious and immediately rendered aid until an ambulance arrived, KPD said. He was taken to Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Kokomo, where he was pronounced dead shortly after.

The man has been identified as 52-year-old Brian “Scotty” Dodd, of Kokomo. The Howard County Coroner’s Office performed an autopsy and found that Dodd died from blunt force trauma to the chest.

KPD said no officers were injured during the incident.

Police added that the case remains under investigation and encourage anyone with additional information to contact officer Greg Smith at 765-459-5101 or the KPD Hotline at 765-456-7017.