Carroll man arrested after two-county chase

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A Carroll County man has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses after leading Wythe County deputies on a chase into Carroll County.

On March 7 at approximately 3 p.m., the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office was notified by the Wythe County Sheriff’ Office that they were in pursuit of a Maroon Ford pickup on Casselton Road, just off of Route 100, driven by Eric Donald Edwards, 39, of Oak Grove Road in the Laurel community of Carroll County, according to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner.

Gardner said it was reported that Edwards had just been involved in a malicious wounding in Wythe County. The pickup continued through Wythe County at a high rate of speed toward Carroll County. At the end of Casselton Road, the pickup turned north on U.S. 52 where Carroll County deputy Trevor Carico took over the pursuit as it entered into Carroll County. “The pickup turned onto Pleasant View Road and went off the main road onto a logging road that goes into an area of Stoots Mountain. Deputies in pursuit had to stop and remove a generator that had fallen from the bed of the truck on the logging road, before continuing the pursuit,” Gardner said. “Carroll County Sheriff’s Office units continued on the logging road until it came out on Frazier Hollow Road, but were unable to locate the pickup. A unit from the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office was able to locate the pickup several hundred yards off the side of the mountain, off of another logging road. Officers from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries searched the woods until nightfall and the search was suspended.”

At approximately 8:36 PM, information was developed that Errick Edwards was at his residence located on Oak Grove Road and deputies from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police responded to the home and surrounded the house. An attempt to contact Errick Edwards was successful and Mr. Edwards came out of his residence and surrendered, Gardner said. Edwards was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital for self-inflicted injuries sustained before police arrived. Mr. Edwards remained in Twin County Regional Hospital under observation until being released on Thursday, March 9.

Gardner said Edwards has been charged with felony eluding a law enforcement officer, reckless driving, operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license, and a probation violation. Edwards is being held without bond in the New River Valley Regional Jail.

“Mr. Edwards is expected to be charged with several offenses in Wythe County,” Gardner said.

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