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Driver leads police on high-speed chase through county
SoVaNow.com / December 20, 2012Law enforcement officers this week subdued a suspect who fled on foot after leading police on a high-speed chase through the county and crashing his vehicle on Wolf Trap Road.
According to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark, the chase began early Monday, as Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Clayton was on patrol on US Highway 501, south of the Cluster Springs area. Clayton picked up a vehicle headed north on 501 on radar doing 70 mph, setting off a pursuit that would eventually lead to the arrest of the driver, 34 year old Keith M. Ewing of 2122 Hunting Creek Road, Nathalie.
Ewing, who attempted to get away on foot after crashing his vehicle to bring the high speed chase to an end, was charged with DUI, refusing a blood or breath test, resisting arrest, eluding police, speeding, reckless driving, possession of marijuana and driving without a license.
Upon spotting the vehicle in question in Cluster Springs, Clayton turned around to pull over the offender. Instead, the vehicle accelerated to speeds approaching 90 mph, not slowing down for a red light at the US 58/501 intersection in Riverdale.
Continuing on into the Town of South Boston, the car made a right turn onto Seymour Drive, ran another red light at the John Randolph Boulevard intersection and then made a left turn heading east in the west bound lane before turning left onto Hodges Street. There, two South Boston Police cars had stopped at the Hodges Street / North Main Street intersection. The vehicle being pursued nearly collided with one of the police cruisers, driving across the sidewalk to miss them.
The driver then ran a red light at the North Main / Hamilton Boulevard intersection while traveling about 90 mph.
Virginia State Police officers and Halifax Town Police subsequently tried to stop the offending driver near the intersection of Old Halifax Road and Dan River Church Road. He turned onto Dan River Church Road, still traveling at speeds of between 85 and 90 mph, and never slowed down at the stop sign at Dan River Church Road and J. D. Hagood Highway, nearly colliding with a tractor trailer there, according to police.
The driver then turned onto Wolf Trap Road, where he lost control of the vehicle and crashed. At that time he jumped from the car and ran. After a short pursuit on foot, officers were able to catch him. The suspect put up a fight with the officers who were finally able to restrain and arrest him.
In another report this week from the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Craig Spencer was called out on Friday, December 14 around 6:35 p.m. to the construction site of the new power plant on Plywood Trail in South Boston. There, Charles W. Fields Jr. had reportedly brandished a firearm at one of the workers in the parking lot at the site. Fields reportedly had recently been fired from work at the site. At the time, a warrant was issued against Fields for brandishing a firearm.
It was later learned that Fields was a convicted felon, so a warrant was obtained against him for possessing a firearm after having been convicted of a felony, according to police reports.
Two days later, Spencer traced Fields down at a local motel on Philpott Road near South Boston. He and three other deputies took Fields into custody at that time and found him to be in possession of two handguns, one of which had been reported stolen in Tazewell County. Fields was then charged with possession of the second firearm after having been a convicted of a felony and possession of a stolen firearm.
Fields listed his address as 641 Berry Hill Road, South Boston.
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