Man arrested after leading police on chase and wrecking in Carroll

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A man wanted for probation violations has been arrested in Carroll County after a high-speed chase that led to the suspect wrecking his vehicle and injuring himself.

According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, at approximately 7:50 p.m. on January 9, Cpl. Joseph Holderfield with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office received information that a wanted person had been seen in the Laurel section of the county operating a white Chevrolet Blazer that was possibly stolen and that the individual may also be armed. Cpl. Holderfield observed the vehicle near the intersection of McGhee Road and Oak Grove Road and followed the vehicle onto Monorat Road. Upon checking the tag displayed, Cpl. Holderfield discovered the tag displayed on the vehicle did not come back properly registered.

“Cpl. Holderfield attempted to perform a traffic stop on the vehicle on Monorat Road but the vehicle continued on. The Blazer would not stop and pursuit ensued that continued on Monorat Road, turning west on Coulson Church Road, then west on Carrollton Pike at speeds over 80 miles per hour,” Gardner said in a press release. “Around the 5300 block of Carrollton Pike, the vehicle cut through the median and continued west in the eastbound lanes, missing several approaching vehicles. The Blazer continued traveling in the wrong lane of travel for approximately 2.8 miles until reaching the intersection of Carrollton Pike and Timberline Road, where an unsuccessful left turn sent the vehicle airborne and into a field.”

After traveling about 150 yards into the field, the vehicle came to a stop where Cpl. Holderfield was assisted by Deputy Jason Newman and Deputy Trevor Carico in removing both the driver and the passenger from the truck, Gardner said. The driver was identified as James Richard Grimes, 36, of Hillsville. Gardner said Grimes was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Pipers Gap Rescue for injuries received during the accident. Grimes was later transferred to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

“Charges are pending in the case and warrants will be obtained and served when Mr. Grimes is released from the hospital,” Gardner said. “Grimes was wanted on a probation violation from Carroll County Circuit Court.”

A passenger of the vehicle, Karen Alisha Hart, 31, of Mount Airy, N.C., was arrested at the scene for possession of a Schedule II controlled substance and is being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond, Gardner said. The Virginia State Police assisted at the scene and is handling the accident investigation.

Sheriff Gardner said he would like to express his thanks to the Hillsville Police Department, the Galax Police Department and the Virginia State Police for their assistance in this very dangerous incident. A photo of Grimes was not immediately available.

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