The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office will use DNA to try to identify the driver of a stolen car that led to an ongoing manhunt after hitting a Carroll County Sheriff’s Office vehicle head-on Wednesday night.
According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, members of his office received a report of a possible stolen car on Photo Lane, just off Mt. Zion Road near Galax. Deputies responded to the scene and located a car matching the description of a gray Pontiac that had been reported stolen out of Galax.
“As deputies proceeded down Photo Lane, a one lane dirt road, the Pontiac accelerated at a high rate of speed, missing one deputy car, but striking another deputy car head on,” Gardner said in a press release Thursday morning. “The damaged deputy car was driven by Cpl. Seth Greer. After striking Cpl. Greer’s car, the Pontiac struck a wooden porch on a home, then sped down the road almost striking another deputy car head-on. Cpl. Greer was able to get out of his car and fire his weapon into the stolen car.”
Gardner said the stolen Pontiac was able to continue onto Mt. Zion Road, heading toward Mill Hill Road, and fled down a driveway, behind a residence, through a field and traveled some distance off the road. Deputies gave chase on foot but were unable to locate the suspect in the heavy undergrowth and thick woods. Gardner said K-9 teams were called in from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Galax Police Department, Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police. A State Police helicopter was brought in, but was unsuccessful in its search because of fog. Officers were still on scene in the area looking for the suspect in the Mt. Zion area as of Thursday afternoon.
“We’re still trying to determine who was in the car,” Gardner said Thursday afternoon. “We are still searching, beating bushes and trying to talk to folks in the area. We are hoping DNA will help us from blood that was found in the car.”
Gardner wouldn’t elaborate about the amount of blood left behind in the car, only saying it was enough to test for a DNA sample.
Cpl. Greer was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital where he was examined, treated and released. Gardner said Greer was sore on Thursday but “okay.” The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation was contacted to conduct an investigation into the shooting as is Sheriff’s Office policy.
Anyone with any information on who might have been operating the stolen Pontiac is asked to contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 728-4146 and the Virginia State Police at 1-800-542-8716 or any other law enforcement agency.