A Wednesday afternoon police pursuit on Interstate 77 in the vicinity of Hillsville ended with a sedan hitting the home of Don and Glenda Yonce, the parents of Hillsville Chief of Police Wesley Yonce. No injuries were reported in connection with the incident.
Trooper S.M. Phillips of the Virginia State Police was asked by the Hillsville Police Department (HPD) and Carroll County Sheriff’s Department to serve as an impartial investigator into the incident.
A press release from Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce indicated at 11:25 a.m., HPD Officer Glenn Nester attempted to stop a 2002 black BMW he observed going 87 miles per hour on Interstate 77 (a 65-mph zone). The vehicle then exited I-77, turned East on Route 58 and pulled into the Subway parking lot. When Nestor pulled in behind the four-door sedan it took off at a high rate of speed on Old Galax Pike.
Yonce indicated the vehicle continued on Old Galax Pike, refusing to stop and turned left onto West Grayson Street. Other officers became involved with the pursuit but backed off as the chase neared Main Street in Hillsville.
Officers were advised the BMW had traveled to Sutherland Street (which is a dead end street) left the roadway and traveled through four yards. It struck and flattened a metal clothesline cemented into the ground, and struck an outbuilding owned belonging to Montie and Ann Largin at 341 East Grayson Street. Eventually the vehicle struck a house belonging to Don and Glenda Yonce at 351 East Grayson Street. (The Yonces are the parents of Chief Wesley Yonce.)
Phillips and Yonce report when the vehicle struck the residence it knocked the house approximately twelve inches off the foundation. Phillips said Glenda Yonce was laying on a couch at the time of the impact and was knocked from the couch across the room. The driver and passenger then exited the vehicle and ran on foot. They were apprehended five houses below the Yonce residence by Sheriff J.B. Gardner and Court Security Sergeant A.G. Cox. Glenda Yonce was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital and later released.
The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Anedra Pace, 22, of Kenmore, New York. According to Phillips, in incidents where no injuries are declared, only the age of passengers is all that is required to be documented on the report. Pace’s passenger is listed as an 18-year old. Phillips said the BMW had just been purchased by Pace and had temporary automotive tags from Ohio.
Nester has charged Pace with Reckless Driving by Speed in excess of 80 mph, Reckless Driving to endanger life, limb, or property, possession of marijuana, carrying a concealed weapon, no liability insurance (all misdemeanors) and stealing a firearm, felony eluding and two counts of felony destruction of property. She is currently being held in New River Valley Regional Jail with no bond.
Yonce praised the work of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Deputies and dispatcher, the Virginia State Police and the Carroll County Fire and Rescue for their assistance.