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High speed chase ends with arrest

SoVaNow.com / March 15, 2017
A high speed chase through Charlotte and Mecklenburg counties Saturday night ended with the arrest of a Charlotte County man.

Danzelle J. Clark, aka Jehrod Clark, age 35, of Cullen was charged with felony eluding, reckless driving by speed and driving with a revoked license, third offense and taken to the Charlotte County jail after fleeing from a routine traffic stop in Charlotte County.

Deputy C. E. Brinkley with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported that he was patrolling along Highway 360 near Wylliesburg on Saturday evening when he saw a grey vehicle with tinted windows traveling in excess of the posted speed limit turning on to Highway 15 South. The car was travelling at 76 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Brinkley activated his lights and sirens to conduct a traffic stop, but the driver refused to obey. Instead the vehicle sped south on Highway 15 into Mecklenburg County.

Brinkley reported that he was able to identify Clark from prior contact.

Once in Mecklenburg, the chase continued on Highway 15 South into Clarksville where the vehicle exited the bypass bridge and headed west on Highway 58. Cpl. Kenny Johnson with the Clarksville Police Department forced the suspect to exit onto Noblin Farm Road, but officers were unable make the stop.

Leaving Noblin Farm Road, the vehicle returned to Highway 15 South. The driver made a U-turn near the Lake Country Regional Airport in Clarksville and exited onto the ramp, again heading east on Highway 58.

The vehicle swerved and the driver lost control, crashing his car on Highway 58 East. Exiting the vehicle, the suspect ran across the highway and jumped a fence. He fell onto the rocks and was apprehended after a short pursuit.

No one was injured during the chase, which often reached speeds of 115 mph, and Clark emerged unscathed from the crash.

He was taken to the Charlotte County jail where he is being held without bail. His next court appearance is March 16.

Clark was involved in a similar incident in February, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. On Feb. 17, he attempted to flee the Charlotte County police but was arrested and charged with felony eluding, failing to obey traffic control device, possession of a controlled substance, driving with a suspended or revoked license, and passing on a double solid line.

Initially he was held at the Charlotte County jail on no bond, but after posting a $10,000 secured bond he was released on February 23.

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office thanks the Clarksville Police Department, Virginia State Police and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office for their help during the chase and subsequent arrest of Clark.

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