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Police: Man doused car with gasoline, ignited fire during chase

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GRANTVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) -

State police said a Hummelstown man took his own life by dousing the interior of his car in gasoline and lighting it on fire during a police pursuit early Tuesday morning in Dauphin County.

Police said they received a call late Monday evening from the mother of 33-year-old Brian White, claiming he had left his home and was suicidal.

At approximately 3 a.m., troopers encountered White's vehicle on the side of the road at Fishing Creek Valley Road and Route 322 eastbound in Middle Paxton Township, police said.

Police say they attempted to approach the vehicle but White took off and a pursuit ensued.

During the pursuit, police said White could be seen emptying multiple cans of gasoline within the vehicle and throwing cigarettes out the window.

Police put out spike strips to stop his car on Interstate 81 at mile market 72. After hitting the spike strips, police said White continued to flee for more than two miles.

During that time, police said they could see the inside of the car become engulfed in flames. The car finally went off the side of the road at mile marker 74.5.

Due to the intense fire, police were not able to approach the vehicle to try to save White. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The incident closed the northbound lanes of I-81 for more than 3 hours early Tuesday morning.

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