Shenandoah Driver Sentenced In Chase

State Police Say Speeds Reached At Least 100 MPH

Posted: July 16, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A Shenandoah man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in January pleaded guilty Monday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.

Christopher Lee Wolfe, 34, pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run, felony escape, misdemeanor driving while intoxicated as a second offense and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license.

As part of a plea deal, Judge T.J. Wilson sentenced Wolfe to nine years in prison with all but roughly 1½ years suspended.

Police say the chase began about 5:15 a.m. on Jan. 10 when a Virginia State Police trooper noticed a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro driving east on Spotswood Trail in the McGaheysville area.

The trooper clocked the car at 70 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Police say Wolfe turned off Spotswood Trail and eventually made his way to U.S. 340.

At one point, police say, Wolfe lost control of his car and spun 180 degrees. He then accelerated, striking the trooper’s cruiser.

Police say speeds reached at least 100 mph.

Wolfe continued on U.S. 340 and turned onto Berrytown Road, where he lost control again. He struck the trooper’s vehicle a second time before coming to a stop in an embankment.

He then continued to accelerate but spun out. Police say the tires caught fire and spread to the entire vehicle, destroying it.

The trooper freed the man from the burning car and took him into custody. Wolfe tried unsuccessfully to flee while being escorted to a police car, police say.

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