A Galax woman has been charged with multiple offenses including driving under the influence of drugs after leading Carroll authorities on a police chase following a gas drive-off Friday.
According to Lt. Bobby Lyons of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred on Friday after a gas drive-off at Country Convenience in Fries at approximately 8:05 a.m. Lyons said Corporal Mark Dickerson took a vehicle description and began searching for the vehicle when it came back to the store and left again.
“He tried to stop it and it became a chase through the City of Galax and down (Route) 89 a couple miles into the city before the vehicle wrecked into a fence,” Lyons said. “A short foot chase ensued and he caught her and arrested her.”
Lyons said the driver, Leann Nicole Tate, 24, of Galax, was transported to a local hospital for observation and was then arrested. Lyons said Tate was charged with close to 15 offenses, including felony eluding law enforcement, reckless driving, running several stop lights and stop signs, driving on a revoked license, obstruction of justice, destruction of property, and larceny (from the gas drive-off). Lyons said the Virginia State Police worked the accident from Tate’s wreck. Trooper R.B. Phipps confirmed Tate was also charged with DUID (driving under the influence of drugs).