A Michigan man has been charged with four felonies after a high-speed chase Sunday in Hillsville that ended with the suspect ramming a Hillsville Police Department vehicle.
According to a press release issued by the Hillsville Police Department, the department received a call about a reckless driver from the Carroll County Sheriff’s dispatch office at approximately 8 a.m. Sunday morning. The vehicle was reported to be on the U.S. 58 Bypass near the Route 52 Exit driving aggressively. HPD Officer Hunter Grubb responded to the call and met a 2016 Honda Accord near Motley Hill on South Main Street in Hillsville traveling at more than 30 miles over the posted speed limit, according to the release.
Officer Grubb, HPD officer Ricky Hayes and HPD Sgt. Alan Gravley then attempted to pull the vehicle over on U.S. 58 using lights and sirens, at which time the car continued westbound at a high rate of speed.
“The vehicle was using the emergency lane at times and traveling in the wrong lane of traffic from the Race-In to the Exit 14 and Interstate 77 interchange,” according to the HPD press release. “During the time the vehicle was traveling west in the eastbound lane, the driver appeared to swerve at other vehicles they met. The vehicle turned into the Cockerham’s Truck Stop with officers in pursuit. The officers attempted to stop the vehicle in the truck stop lot, at which time it attempted to ram Officer Hayes and Sgt. Gravley. The pursuit ended when the driver rammed Officer Grubb’s patrol car in the driver’s side, disabling both vehicles. Officer Hayes and Sgt. Gravley then arrested the driver without further incident or injury.”
According to the press release, the driver was identified as Jason Broderick, 34, of Adrian, Michigan. Broderick has been charged with four felonies and three misdemeanor charges, including assault on law enforcement officers.
“Other charges (are) expected after speaking to the Commonwealth’s Attorney,” the HPD release states.
Officer Grubb was transported by EMS to Twin County Hospital for injuries related to the driver ramming into his patrol car, but he is expected to make a full recovery. The Hillsville Police Department was assisted by Carroll County Sheriff’s Department deputies and the Virginia State Police, who worked the accident related to the HPD vehicle.
“The Hillsville Police Department would like to commend Officers Hunter Grubb, Sgt. Alan Gravley, and Officer Ricky Hayes for their quick action, which most likely saved others from injury,” the Hillsville Police Department said in the statement. “The HPD would also like to thank all the officers from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and the Virginia State Police for assisting.”
The damage to the HPD’s patrol vehicle is expected to be a total loss. The Hillsville Police Department also requests anyone who Mr. Broderick attempted to hit on April 10 to notify the department at (276) 728-2251 if they wish to bring more charges against him or need to speak to an officer.