A Bedford County man has been charged with multiple offenses in connection with the police chase Thursday night that resulted in the death of a Carroll Sheriff’s Deputy.
According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant W.R. Lyons attempted to stop a 4-door sedan traveling south on Interstate 77 at the 18-mile marker in Carroll County shortly before 10 p.m. that evening. Radar registered the vehicle traveling 87 miles per hour in a posted 65 mph zone.
“The Lieutenant activated his patrol vehicle’s emergency lights, but the sedan refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. The sedan continued south on I-77 and took Exit 14 to Route 58,” according to the Carroll County’s Sheriff’s Office. “The sedan headed west on Route 58 and then turned onto Airport Road. The car continued through a field, struck a fence, and eventually made its way into the backyard of a nearby residential neighborhood where it finally stopped. The driver, Joseph A. Lambert, 21, of Goodview, Va., then fled on foot, but was apprehended moments later. Lambert was taken into custody without further incident.”
Carroll County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Curtis A. Bartlett, 32, was responding to assist with the ongoing pursuit in Carroll County traveling west on Route 58 with emergency lights and sirens activated when he collided with a tractor-trailer making a left turn onto Route 58 from the Interstate 77 Exit 14 ramp. Deputy Bartlett died at the scene.
According to the press release, the two passengers in the car driven by Lambert, an adult male and an adult female, remained with the vehicle after the chase. Neither passenger was charged with any offense.
“The Carroll County Sheriff’s Lieutenant charged Lambert with one felony count of eluding police that results in the death of a police officer, possession of marijuana, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license,” according to the press release. “Lambert was also wanted on outstanding warrants in the City of Salem, Va.”
Lambert is being held at the New River Regional Jail without bond. The pursuit remains under investigation by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. Virginia State Police assisted with the pursuit.