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Driver arrested after chase in South Hill neighborhoods

SoVaNow.com / May 13, 2020
The driver of a Nissan Sentra was arrested Friday after leading police on a chase through residential neighborhoods in South Hill.

South Hill Police Chief Stuart Bowen said Keonyta L. Pridgen, 23 of South Hill was charged with felony eluding, driving on a suspended license due to a prior DUI, and had three outstanding warrants for failure to appear in court.

Bowen said the chase began around 3:07 p.m. Friday as Cpl. Solomon was patrolling on Plank Road. He spotted the Nissan Sentra being driving by Pridgen traveling in excess of the posted speed limit and signaled him to stop.

Pridgen ignored the warning and led police from Plank Road onto Danville Street, often traveling at speeds more than 20 mph over the posted limit. Bowen said the chase ended at a logging site on Locust Street, after the car rolled down a logging road and crashed into a brush pile.

Pridgen fled the scene but was later captured by South Hill Detective Waters and Troopers with Virginia State Police. Bowen said the suspect was found hiding in a yard near Goodes Ferry Road and Howerton Street.

Two passengers in the car were detained by Corporal Solomon, but later released without being charged.

Bowen said Pridgen was transported to Meherrin River Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

Bowen thanked the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police for their help in apprehending Pridgen.

The investigation is ongoing at this time.

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