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Scottsburg man charged after car crashes twice in Clays Mill area

SoVaNow.com / July 13, 2020
A Scottsburg man has been charged with felony eluding and misdemeanor DUI after he allegedly crashed his vehicle twice on Clays Mill Road in a matter of minutes on Friday night.

The driver, 53-year-old James Henry Loyd Jr., was apprehended by police after fleeing into the woods following the second crash.

Two wrecks, moments apart, took place on Clays Mill Road around 11:15 p.m. Friday. The vehicle, a 2007 Pontiac G7 sedan, was first spotted next to a CenturyLink telephone pedestal by State Trooper C.D. Wilborne. The trooper found that the car’s motor was still running although the vehicle had clearly run into the ground-level phone box.

When Wilborne attempted to get the driver’s attention, the vehicle sped away on Clays Mill Road heading toward Bethel Road only to crash again.

The Pontiac was reportedly traveling at speeds exceeding 80 miles an hour when it crashed the second time. The roadway was wet from a recent rainfall, and Loyd lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree head-on, one mile from the intersection of Clays Mill Road and Bethel Road.

Loyd was ejected from the driver’s side window of the Pontiac but was able to get up and flee into the woods.

Coming from the other direction, Senior Trooper K. R. Martin apprehended Loyd in the woods. He complained of injuries all over his body, although officers indicated there were no visible signs of injury.

As a precaution, Loyd was transported by ambulance to the helipad where he was airlifted to Centra Lynchburg General Hospital for observation. He was released from the hospital on Saturday.

Loyd was charged by Wilborne for felony alluding and driving on a suspended license. Loyd also faces misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence (DUI) and failure to wear a seatbelt.



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