A high-speed chase in holiday traffic on Interstate 77 in Carroll County led to numerous charges for a pair of out-of-state travelers.
According to a press release issued by Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, Lt. Bobby Lyons was working speed enforcement on I-77 on Dec. 27 at approximately 3:15 p.m. when he observed a gray Jeep pass through traveling in excess of 90 miles per hour in heavy traffic.
“Lt. Lyons caught up to the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop, but the Jeep continued on, increasing his speed to more than 100 miles per hour and weaving in and out of traffic,” Gardner said. “When the Jeep became slowed by traffic, it pulled over. Lt. Lyons ran the Quebec tag and the VIN number on the vehicle and determined it was stolen from Polk County, Florida. A search of the Jeep revealed a syringe with methamphetamines in it.”
Both the driver, Ashton Michel Schelble, 26, of Freeland, Pa., and Amanda Lee Smith, 23, of Auburndale, Fla., were arrested and charged with felony eluding police, possession of stolen property, possession of a schedule II drug, and possession of controlled paraphernalia. Schelble was also charged with reckless driving by speed and for not possessing a valid driver’s license, Gardner said.
Both Schelble and Smith were brought before a magistrate and later transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin, where they were held without bond.