A homeless North Carolina man now has temporary residence at the New River Valley Regional Jail after leading Virginia police on a high-speed chase through Carroll and Wythe counties in a stolen vehicle Monday.
According to Virginia State Police Sgt. T.S. Todd, his department got a call alerting to a stolen 2016 Subaru Outback coming into Virginia out of North Carolina. Todd said a digital app that comes with Subarus helped digitally track the stolen vehicle. Todd said officers attempted to stop the vehicle at about the 10-mile marker on Interstate 77 North in Carroll County, but the subject refused to stop.
“For the next 14 miles northbound on 77 we pursued it at speeds over 100 miles per hour. He passed several cars on the shoulder and on the median, almost striking several vehicles,” Sgt. Todd said. “When we got into Wythe County, just north of Exit 24, he tried to turn into a gravel crossover but couldn’t because of his speed, and slid by and went into the median. He was trying to turn into the median to go back south and I followed him into the median and was turning with him when our vehicles struck, terminating the pursuit.”
At that point, Todd said the driver and the passenger both fled on foot. Both were captured after a brief foot chase. During the chase at about the 16-mile marker, Todd said some items were thrown out of the car. Two pistols and drug paraphernalia were later recovered. Todd said drugs and drug paraphernalia were also recovered from the vehicle. Sgt. Todd arrested Daniel Ray Dockery, 34, at the scene.
“He told us he was homeless and from North Carolina,” Todd said. “He stole the car in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at a McDonald’s. This should be a very important lesson to people not to leave their cars with the keys in them.”
Todd said Dockery has been charged in both Wythe and Carroll counties from charges resulting from the chase, including two counts of reckless driving, two counts of eluding police, grand larceny of the stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm after being convicted of a felony, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and resisting arrest. Dockery is currently being held without bond in New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin.
Todd said the chase started at 12:36 p.m. and ended at 12:52 p.m., adding that the passenger was not charged because the driver took responsibility for everything. He estimated damages to the police vehicle at $2,000 and damages to the Subaru at about $4,000. The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Wythe County Sheriff’s Office also played important roles in the chase.
“Traffic was normal to heavy and everybody did a great job and no one got hurt,” Todd said. “We received valuable assistance from the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and Wythe County Sheriff’s Office and we very much appreciate it.”