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Trooper, K-9 dog suffer minor injuries in high-speed chase in Charlotte

SoVaNow.com / March 17, 2021
A Virginia State Trooper and his K-9 tracking dog are recovering from minor injuries after their police cruiser was rammed by another vehicle in a high-speed chase through Charlotte County early Friday morning.

State Trooper D.B. Meeks responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle driving on private property on Ridgeway Farm Lane in Charlotte County around 4:27 a.m. Friday when he encountered a 2011 Volvo sedan leaving the scene. The Volvo was driven by Cordaro L. Bradley, 32, of Gladys.

Meeks activated the lights on his patrol car, signaling for Bradley to stop. Instead, the Volvo rammed the trooper’s vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed, with Meeks following in pursuit.

In the chase, Bradley repeatedly rammed the patrol car with his Volvo, according to State Police. Bradley’s Volvo also drove into another a patrol vehicle driven by a second pursuing officer with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.

The Volvo finally stopped in the 3300 block of Scuffletown Road, at which time Bradley exited the vehicle and fled on foot into nearby woods.

Bradley was apprehended near Chandler Forks Road following a search of the area by Meeks and his K-9 partner Bandit, deputies with the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police Aviation, additional State Police K-9 units, as well as K-9 units from Halifax and Charlotte counties.

Bradley has been charged with attempted malicious bodily injury, eluding police, hit-and-run, reckless driving, maliciously causing bodily injury to a police animal, driving without a license and numerous other traffic infractions.

A spokesperson with the Virginia State Police reported that Meeks’ patrol car was hit so many times by the suspect vehicle during the course of the pursuit that it finally became inoperable. Meeks and Bandit sustained minor injuries from the force of the repeated hits to their car and were receiving treatment.

The incident remains under investigation.

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