A wanted Ohio man has been arrested on numerous charges after leading police on a high-speed chase through Carroll County and Wythe County on Thursday.
According to Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, he was on route traffic patrol on Interstate 77 at Exit 14 in Hillsville when he stopped a Volkswagen Jetta with Ohio tags. While checking the driver’s information, Yonce found that the driver was wanted out of Cleveland, Ohio for armed robbery and should be considered armed and dangerous. At that point, Chief Yonce called for back-up.
When the back-up arrived, the driver of the Jetta, identified as Cortez La ‘Shawn Alexander of Cleveland, Ohio, proceeded to take off to elude capture.
“Alexander led police on a high-speed chase pursuit into Wythe County, traveling on I-77 North to the I-81 interchange. He proceeded to turn right onto I-81 North toward Roanoke until he came to Exit 84,” Yonce said in a press release. “Attempting to take the exit, he drove the vehicle through the intersection and over an embankment, coming to rest after crossing the service road. Alexander was taken into custody at that point by the Virginia State Police, the Hillsville Police Department, the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.”
Yonce said Alexander was charged with being a fugitive from justice, felony failure to stop for blue lights and siren, reckless driving, reckless driving by speed, and having no driver’s license. A female with Alexander, identified as Bethany Elizabeth Herbert of Wellington, Ohio, was charged with obstructing a law enforcement officer.
Both Alexander and Herbert were transported to the Wythe County Community Hospital to be checked out, and then were taken to the New River Valley Regional Jail. Both are being held with no bond.