Abingdon PD identifies suspect after pursuit ends with deputy injured

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Va. (WJHL) – A Washington County, Virginia deputy was injured while making an arrest after a police pursuit Monday.

A release from Abingdon Police Department states that officers tried to conduct a traffic stop around 8:16 a.m. near Norfolk Street. The driver, later identified as Clinton Vestal, reportedly refused to stop.

Vestal continued to flee from officers and got on Interstate 81 in the southbound lanes, according to the release.

The APD reports Vestal tried to cross the median, but his vehicle got stuck. He then tried to run away on foot but was apprehended by officers.

“During the arrest, Washington County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Tyler Arnold, was injured,” the release states. Washington County Sheriff Blake Andis told News Channel 11 earlier Monday morning that Arnold was transported to the Bristol Regional Medical Center and had suffered a fractured neck when he collided with Vestal.

Vestal also received minor injuries during the incident and was transported to Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was transported to the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail and charged with the following:

  • Improper Registration
  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving while Suspended
  • Felony Eluding Police
  • Resisting Arrest

“We at the Abingdon Police Department wish a very quick recovery to Deputy Tyler Arnold.
We are proud to work side by side with Deputy Arnold and we appreciate his effort and bravery in
capturing Vestal. Our thoughts are with him and his family.”

Abingdon Police Department

Andis said no guns were involved in the incident.

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