A Cana man faces a multitude of charges after a wild high-speed chase Friday night in Carroll County.
According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Randall Chase Jones, 30, of Epworth Road in Cana, is charged with driving under the influence, failure to stop for a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, threat to a law enforcement officer, driving a motor vehicle after operator’s license was suspended or revoked, reckless driving, felony assault on a police officer, two counts of felony attempt to maliciously wound a law enforcement officer, intentionally damaging property belonging to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office valued more than $1,000, intentionally damaging the pump and well house at a residence valued at more than $1,000, disregarding highway signs, and recklessly driving with intent to endanger a person.
Gardner said the charges stem from Friday night when Corporal Seth Greer of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office was on routine patrol in Fancy Gap when he observed a green Ford F-150 pickup pass his location. Greer recognized the pickup from an earlier BOLO as the vehicle being driven by Jones, who was wanted on a Carroll County Circuit Court capias for failure to appear.
“Carroll deputies had earlier answered a call to a local restaurant where they were told Chase Jones had made threats to use a firearm on the employees,” Gardner said. “Cpl. Greer pulled in behind the pickup and initiated his blue lights and siren.”
Gardner said the green pickup accelerated in an effort to flee from Greer, traveling west on Chances Creek Road, jumping the median on Chances Creek and turning onto Pottery Road. The pickup continued on Pottery Road, ran the stop sign at the intersection of Frog Spur Road, and continued down Frog Spur at a high rate of speed.
“The pickup continued driving recklessly, losing control at one point and doing a complete circle in the road. The pickup then exited Frog Spur Road, jumped a bank into a field,” Gardner said. “The driver then drove circles in the field looking for an exit out.”
The green pickup then jumped the bank from the field, back onto Frog Spur Road going back towards Pottery Road. As the pickup sped down Frog Spur, the driver cut off his headlights in an attempt to lose the deputies who were following him, Gardner added.
“Deputy Brant Bottomley was up in front of the speeding Ford pickup, and was out of his car, on foot, attempting to place spike strips out to stop the truck. Jones ran off the road and drove toward Deputy Bottomley in an effort to miss the spike strips,” Gardner said. “The pickup missed Deputy Bottomley by approximately two feet, at full speed.”
Gardner said the pickup continued out Frog Spur Road and made a right turn on U.S. 52 and started down Fancy Gap Mountain. The pickup continued at more than 80 miles per hour down Fancy Gap Mountain, Gardner said, while throwing items out of his back glass, striking the police car. The pickup continued down the mountain, straightening out curves and driving into opposing traffic.
Gardner said the pickup swerved in an effort to hit Cpl. Greer’s car, and made a left turn onto Old Ridge Trail.
“Near the dead end of Old Ridge Trail, the pickup tried to turn onto Yellow Locust Drive, where the pickup struck the front of Cpl. Greer’s car. The impact from the pickup drove both vehicles off the roadway, leaving Cpl. Greer’s car behind the pickup in a field. Cpl. Greer exited his car and attempted to get to the door of the pickup. The driver of the pickup pulled his truck into reverse and rammed the police car, in an attempt to push the police car out of the way,” Gardner said. “Cpl. Greer and Lt. Bobby Lyons got up beside the pickup, while it was still in reverse and ramming the patrol car, broke the driver’s side window out and administered pepper spray in an attempt to get the driver subdued. The driver continued to keep the accelerator to the floor and smoke from the tires began to fill the area, including the cab. The driver exited the passenger side of the pickup and ran on foot into the woods. Cpl. Greer ran the driver down, and after a fight, was able to take the driver into custody. A search of the pickup revealed a machete, a stun gun and several knives in the seat of the truck. After the smoke cleared, the pickup was found to have also damaged a well cap and a structure around a well in a yard.”
Gardner said Jones was brought before the magistrate and is currently being held in New River Valley Regional Jail under no bond.