A North Carolina man has been charged with numerous offenses after a high-speed chase in Carroll County on Tuesday involving a stolen car.
According to Hillsville Police Department Captain Shannon Goad, the chase began at approximately 2:45 p.m. after HPD Officer David Johnson clocked a vehicle traveling 88 miles per hour while running stationary radar on Interstate 77 near Exit 14 in the northbound lane. At that point, Johnson pulled out with lights and sirens on, but the vehicle, a green 2003 Infiniti G35, refused to stop.
Goad said the driver continued to travel I-77 Northbound at speeds reaching 120 miles per hour at times before the vehicle struck a tractor-trailer near the Wythe County/Carroll County line, causing damage to the car, including a flat tire.
“After that he slowed down and we got him boxed in. The vehicle finally disabled and ran into a guardrail at the 27.8 mile marker in Wythe County,” Goad said. “The vehicle spun sideways and struck the guardrail and it did slight damage to a Hillsville Police car on the right side. It also knocked down the mile marker sign.”
After the wreck, Goad said police arrested Dennis Lee Waiters, Jr., 24, of Charlotte, N.C. Shortly after, officers discovered that Waiters was driving a car that had been stolen from Florida.
Goad said Waiters was charged by the HPD with possession of stolen property, failure to stop for lights and sirens-felony eluding police (endangering the public), reckless driving, reckless driving with excess speed of 80 miles per hour, improper passing to the right, and for having no driver’s license. Additionally, Trooper J.M. Martin of the Virginia State Police helped work the accident and could place several more charges against Waiters, Goad said. Waiters was transported to New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin, where he is being held without bond.
Goad said no one was seriously injured during the chase or the wreck that ended the pursuit. He said the Virginia State Police and Carroll County Sheriff’s Office also assisted with the chase. HPD Chief Wesley Yonce and HPD officers Cory Smith, Jason Hawks and Joe Holderfield also assisted.
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