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A section of the Cluster Springs post office building was demolished and front windows were shattered by the crash. / October 18, 2021

A 19-year-old South Boston man was arrested on multiple charges Saturday after his vehicle crashed into the Cluster Springs post office, taking out much of the building’s front façade.

Brock Poole, the driver of the 2004 Chevrolet Suburban that struck the post office, was charged with nine counts, including reckless driving, possession of controlled substances, assault, obstruction of justice and abuse and neglect of children.

He was taken to the Halifax County Adult Detention Center early Saturday morning where he was held without bond.

The crash occurred around 3 a.m. Saturday, at the post office located at the corner of U.S. 501-S and Black Walnut Church Road. Halifax County Sheriff’s Deputy Giles Jones was patrolling the area on Ashcroft Place, across the four-lane highway in direct sight of the post office, when he came upon a tan Chevy Suburban that was partially in the road and partially in a ditch.

The driver was trying to back the vehicle out of the gully, Jones said. “Then I activated my blue lights when he put the vehicle in reverse so that he would not hit my vehicle,” he said.

The SUV pulled sharply out of the ditch, crossed over both northbound lanes of U.S. 501, caromed across the grassy median and sped through the two southbound lanes of 501.

The vehicle continued onto the post office property, stopping only after it collided into the brick wall and front windows of the post office, said Jones, who witnessed the crash. When Jones pulled up in his vehicle to apprehend the driver, the subject got out of the SUV and fled on foot. Jones then exited his vehicle in pursuit.

“The foot chase lasted two to three minutes,” Jones said. With the assistance of responding officers, the subject was quickly tracked down and taken into custody.

“He was combative, but luckily no officers were hurt,” said Jones.

Two other individuals were inside the vehicle, neither suffering any major injuries. One passenger was a minor who was taken by a parent to the hospital to be checked out. No information was immediately available on the other passenger.

Troopers with the Virginia State Police worked the crash scene. VSP damage estimates for the destruction to the post office and to the Chevy Suburban were not available over the weekend.

Jones, the arresting officer, said the 19-year-old suspect, Poole, is not of drinking age but “the smell of alcohol was on his breath.” Jones said the suspect also was found with suspected narcotics on his person.

Poole was charged with nine counts — reckless driving, excessive speed; driving without an operator’s license; leaving the scene of a crash causing damage in excess of $250; obstruction of justice; assault of law enforcement officers; unlawful purchase or possession of alcoholic beverages; possession of a controlled substance; abuse and neglect of children; and delivery of drugs, firearms or other items to an incarcerated person.

Poole is being held pending a preliminary court appearance to be scheduled in Halifax County General District Court.

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