A Pennsylvania man has been charged with numerous offenses after leading local police on a high-speed chase in Carroll County and then fleeing on foot, leading to a two-hour manhunt.
According to Hillsville Police Chief Wesley Yonce, Sgt. Stephen Brady was working a Traffic Safety Grant on July 30 at approximately 6:30 a.m. when he observed a vehicle traveling north on Interstate 77 at a high rate of speed. Brady clocked the vehicle at 88 miles per hour, which is reckless driving in the state of Virginia.
“At that time, Sergeant Brady pulled out and activated his emergency equipment. The vehicle then quickly exited off the Interstate turning onto Highway 58 East,” Yonce said in a press release. “As Sergeant Brady exited the interstate, he observed the vehicle turn onto Old Galax Pike continuing at the same high rate of speed. As he got closer to catching the vehicle, the vehicle abruptly turned into a yard on Old Galax Pike. When he pulled in behind the vehicle, a male subject exited the vehicle and fled on foot.”
Sgt. Brady was assisted at the scene on Old Galax Pike by Lieutenant Jason Hawks of the Hillsville Police Department, Sergeants David Walls and Cody Edwards of the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office along with their K-9 Units which were used to track the subject. Also assisting throughout the search were CCSO Corporal Rocky Dalton, CCSO Deputy Hunter Grubb, CCSO Deputy Bradley Hoffman, CCSO Deputy David Johnson, Carroll County Sheriff J. B. Gardner, HPD Chief Wesley Yonce, HPD Captain Shannon Goad, HPD Sergeant Josh Edwards, and HPD K-9 Handler Joseph Holderfield.
“After an extensive search by the K-9 Units, they found a backpack and suitcase, at which time an Identification Card was found belonging to Elijah Joseph MacDonald from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” Yonce said. “MacDonald’s information was checked through the Dispatch Center at the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, and it came back that he was wanted in Pennsylvania for burglary, theft, and trespassing, and should be considered armed and dangerous.”
After a search of nearly two hours, the Sheriff’s Office received a call claiming a man matching the subject’s description was at the BP Station on Exit 14 in Hillsville asking for a ride to Pennsylvania. Shortly thereafter, Hillsville Police Sergeant Josh Edwards and CCSO Corporal Rocky Dalton arrived and apprehended MacDonald without incident. McDonald was then placed under arrest and taken before the Magistrate. MacDonald was charged by Sgt. Brady with Reckless Driving by Speed (88 mph in a 65-mph zone), Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Siren, Obstruction of Justice, No Valid Operator’s License, and Being a Fugitive from Justice.
MacDonald was sent to the New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin with no bond. After he was transported, the tags on the vehicle he was driving were checked, and it was discovered that the vehicle was stolen from Atlanta, Georgia. MacDonald was then charged with Possession of Stolen Property on the morning of July 31.
Chief Yonce would like to thank the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office for all their assistance, with a special thanks to Sergeant David Walls and his K-9 Unit, Pike, Sergeant Cody Edwards and his K-9 Unit, Tiesto (pronounced Tee-Est-O), and Officer Joseph Holderfield and his K-9 Unit, Aja (pronounced Eye-Ah). The Virginia State Police also had officers on the way to assist with the search when the subject was apprehended.