Speeding Stop Accelerates Into Police Chase

City Man Arrested

Posted: April 19, 2013

HARRISONBURG — A police chase around the northeast section of the city Thursday afternoon landed a Harrisonburg man in jail on a slew of charges and left two vehicles with minor damage, according to police.

 

According to Harrisonburg Police Department Sgt. R.D. Knott, an officer at about 1:20 p.m. attempted to pull over Jeffrie W. Wilson, 42, for speeding on East Market Street near Interstate 81.

 

But, Knott said, Wilson refused to stop and “recklessly” led pursuing officers on a chase onto Vine, Mason and other streets in the northeast area of the city at an “elevated speed.”

 

While chasing the suspect, a pursuing police cruiser sideswiped a parked vehicle on Meadowlark Drive, causing minor damage, Knott said.

 

Knott said the chase ended when Wilson parked his car at the Burger King on East Market Street downtown and attempted to flee on foot.

 

“As soon as he exited the vehicle ... officers saw him and took him into custody,” Knott said.

 

No injuries were reported and police say the arrest was made without incident. Knott estimated the total damage for both vehicles would be less than $1,000.

 

Wilson was charged with felony eluding arrest, driving while license is revoked, driving after license is revoked for multiple driving under the influence charges, felony habitual offender of driving without a license, possession of marijuana, speeding and failure to stop for traffic lights.

 

Wilson was taken to Rockingham Regional Jail, where he was being held without bond Thursday.

 

Contact Alex Rohr at 574-6293 or arohr@dnronline.com



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