Suspect Leads Cops On Grueling Chase

Elkton Man Wanted In Drug Case

Posted: July 27, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Rockingham County deputies charged an Elkton man with more than a dozen charges Thursday for leading officers on a roughly 45-minute chase that left three pursuing patrol cars damaged.

Among the charges Cecil Ire Shifflett, 43, is facing are felony possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, felony conspiracy to distribute drugs, felony possession of a firearm, felony property destruction and felony driving with a revoked license as a habitual offender.

Additional charges likely will be filed by multiple law enforcement agencies, deputies say.

Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson said the chase began around 5 p.m. Thursday when two deputies went to a home on Island Ford Road in McGaheysville to serve Shifflett an arrest warrant on a drug charge filed by the RUSH Drug Task Force.

When deputies arrived at the home, Shifflett resisted arrest, Hutcheson said.

“They went looking for him, found him and he took off in his truck,” said Hutcheson, who was one of the officers in pursuit of Shifflett. “It went on for a long time.”

Shifflett led police through McGaheysville on U.S. 33 toward Elkton and through numerous side streets in the town before the chase eventually ended on Naked Creek Road near the Page County line.

Hutcheson said speeds averaged about 60 mph. He said officers deployed “spike strips” at least three times in an attempt to flatten the truck’s tires, but Shifflett avoided them.

Along the way, Hutcheson said, three police cruisers were damaged as the officers attempted to stop Shifflett’s truck. No injuries were reported.

In addition to the sheriff’s office, the Virginia State Police, Page County Sheriff’s Office, Elkton Police Department and Shenandoah Police Department assisted in the chase.

Shifflett is being held at Rockingham County Jail without bond. He’s scheduled to appear in Rockingham County General District Court for a preliminary hearing on Sept. 3.

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