Authorities say a driver who fled from police was killed when he ditched his vehicle and ran into oncoming traffic in eastern Missouri.

KTVI-TV reports that the Missouri State Highway Patrol says the chase started around 1:45 a.m. Monday when a driver pulled in front of a police officer in Moscow Mills and then slammed on the breaks. As the fleeing driver traveled down Interstate 70, an officer with the St. Charles County Police Department joined the pursuit.

The patrol says the driver was killed when he stopped his vehicle on the highway and tried to run across the westbound lanes.