Teen in custody following pursuit, wreck in Carroll


A teenager faces multiple charges in Carroll County after leading police on a vehicle pursuit August 28.

According to Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, deputies with the Carroll County Sheriff’s Officer were involved in a pursuit on August 28 after receiving a call from the Galax Police Department that their officers were in pursuit of a small white Chevrolet for a suspect who had fled his probation officer while being served a probation violation.

Gardner said deputies proceeded to the Pipers Gap area of Carroll County and began looking for the car. Deputy Josh Bowers observed the car on Route 97 near Rainbow Drive and attempted to stop the car.

“The driver fled the scene and attempted to lose Deputy Bowers by turning onto Mallory Road, Sleepy Hollow, Elk Horn, struck the curb at the old Mill Stone Printing store, continued on Millstone, onto Crooked Creek, then back onto Pipers Gap going toward Galax,” Gardner said. “Deputy Jason Helton attempted to utilize a spike strip to stop the pursuit as the driver came to the Klondike Road and Pipers Gap intersection, but was not successful. The driver attempted to avoid the spike strip and struck a ditch and rolled the car.”

Gardner said the driver was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Pipers Gap Rescue Squad before being transported to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Virginia State Police were contacted to investigate the wreck and an investigation into the pursuit continues. “Once the 18-year-old suspect is released, he will face numerous felony, misdemeanor and traffic offenses as well as the original probation violation,” Gardner said, noting the name of the suspect will be released once he is arrested.