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Danville pair held after shots fired into home, auto / March 31, 2014

South Boston Police on Friday arrested two Danville men and charged them with several weapons and driving-related offenses after shots were fired both into a home and a vehicle parked on Briggs Street.

The suspects also allegedly attempted to elude police in a high-speed chase in the College Street area. During the chase, the fast-moving suspect vehicle struck a parked car near College Street, and the pursuit ended only when the vehicle sped through the intersection of College and Hamilton, crossed over an embankment and struck a tree.

Taken into custody were the driver of the 2006 Toyota, DeMarkus Antione Conway of Danville, 18, and 19-year-old Tyrus Lashawn Beck, also of Danville.

Conway was charged with felony driving to elude police. Beck was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, possession of a stolen firearm, felony destruction of property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

According to South Boston Police reports, shortly before 3 a.m., Officer T. D. Clay attempted to stop a 2006 Toyota Camry on Wilborn Avenue for speeding. When Clay activated his emergency lights, the driver accelerated and turned down North Main Street. Continuing on North Main, the vehicle struck a parked car near the intersection of College Street.

The Toyota then turned onto Briggs Street, onto Spring Avenue and subsequently onto College Street. Moving at a high rate of speed, the driver was unable to stop at the intersection of Hamilton Boulevard and College, and the vehicle sped across Hamilton, up the embankment, and into a tree.

Just prior to the chase, officers had responded to a call on Briggs Street. There, they were told gunshots had been fired, hitting a 1993 Suburban and a home in the neighborhood.

After the occupants of the Toyota were taken into custody, officers determined that they were involved in both incidents.

In other incidents:

South Boston Police arrested an 18-year-old South Boston man on Thursday and charged him with breaking and entering and petty larceny stemming from an incident at the Jiffy Food Store located at 1537 Wilborn Avenue.

Eldridge Dion Jordan was picked up at the Spring Avenue area of town after police responded to a call shortly after midnight reporting a broken window at the business.

Jordan was arrested by Cpl. M. W. Bowen after it was determined that the store had been entered and an undetermined number of cigarettes and other merchandise had been taken.

On Friday, Sgt. M. Gilliam arrested 48 year old Kevin Chappell Sr. of South Boston on two misdemeanor counts: drunk in public and disorderly conduct and a felony count of assault on a police officer.

Gilliam also charged 21 year old Kevin Chappell of South Boston with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, setting his secured bond at $2,500.

Officer B. Smith charged 24 year old Deron Traynham of South Boston with assault on Saturday, March 29 with his unsecured bond set at $1,500. Then on Sunday, March 30 Smith charged 26 year old Figueros Mendez whose address is unknown with felonious malicious wounding.

On Saturday March 29 Officer J. Throckmorton charged 18 year old Tammy Newman of South Boston with assault on March 28 and a $1,500 secured bond was set for her.

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