Two In Custody After High-Speed Chase

VSP: Suspects Rammed State Trooper’s Vehicle

Posted: July 15, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A high-speed chase Monday afternoon in Rockingham County ended with two people in custody.

Virginia State Police did not release the names of the suspects involved in the incident, saying the investigation was ongoing.

State police spokesman Sgt. F.L. Tyler said the chase began at about 2:10 p.m., when trooper H.L. Stover saw a black Mitsubishi Outlander speeding north on Interstate 81.

Stover, who was driving south, turned around to pursue the sport utility vehicle near mile marker 252 north of Harrisonburg.

The suspect refused to stop and continued to travel north at a high speed, officials said.

At mile marker 261, the SUV crossed the median and began heading south, Tyler said.

The driver briefly lost control and struck another vehicle, though no injuries were reported.

The SUV got off the interstate at Exit 257 near Mauzy and turned west onto Va. 259, which is known as Mayland Road in that area.

The chase ended in the Park & Ride lot near the intersection of Va. 259 and U.S. 11, where Tyler said that the suspect rammed Stover’s vehicle.

Police arrested a male and a female in the SUV. As of press time, no additional information was released about either person, including where they live or what charges they could face.

Another state trooper, who was responding to the scene, suffered minor injuries when he lost control of his vehicle on Va. 259 and struck a tree and fence near Broadway.

Tyler said the investigation into the case is ongoing.

Rockingham County deputies assisted in the pursuit.

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