A New York woman who crashed into the home of the Hillsville Police Chief’s parents following a high-speed pursuit in Carroll County has been sentenced to serve three years in prison.
According to Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney Nathan H. Lyons, a hearing was held Oct. 24 in Carroll County Circuit Court for Anedra Pace, 22, of Kenmore, N.Y. Lyons said Pace pled guilty to two felony destruction of property charges and one charge of eluding law enforcement. Judge H. Lee Harrell sentenced Pace to 15 years in prison with 12 years of probation, meaning she must serve three years in prison. Judge Harrell also ordered Pace to pay restitution of approximately $46,000 to the Yonce family.
The sentencing stemmed from a March 22 police pursuit on Interstate 77 in the vicinity of Hillsville that 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. on March 22, 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 Nester 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 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.
Phillips and Yonce reported at the time when the vehicle struck the residence it knocked the house approximately twelve inches off the foundation. Phillips said Glenda Yonce was lying 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.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN