A Bluff City, Tennessee man faces several charges after leading police on a chase, and later crashing into a home in Washington County, Virginia.
According to police, James E. Malone, 41, was taken into custody on outstanding arrest warrants, and charges are currently pending related to today’s incident.
According to investigators, A Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop on a Chevy Aveo that was traveling north on Interstate 81 this morning.
Investigators say the Chevy, driven by Malone, refused to stop, resulting in a chase.
The Chevy reportedly sped away from the trooper, heading north on I-81 using the shoulder to pass through northbound traffic. The trooper ended the pursuit once he lost sight of Malone.
Authorities issued a BOLO for Malone’s vehicle, which was later spotted by a VSP sergeant. The sergeant reportedly tried to stop Malone, who refused to stop again.
According to VSP:
The Chevrolet got back onto I-81 at Exit 14. As the Chevrolet headed north on I-81, it rammed a Virginia State Police patrol car, which caused Malone – the driver of the Chevrolet – to lose control. The Chevrolet spun out into the median. Malone regained control and began driving north in the southbound lanes of I-81. With the assistance of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, all southbound traffic was stopped at the 21 mile marker as the Chevrolet continued north on the southbound shoulder of I-81 at a high rate of speed.
The Chevrolet exited I-81 at Exit 19. As it continued onto Watauga Road at a high rate of speed, Malone lost control of the vehicle. The Chevrolet ran off the road and struck a house. Malone then fled the scene on foot.
At 10:47 a.m., state police apprehended him a short distance from the crashed vehicle. He was taken into custody without further incident and transported to Johnston Memorial Hospital for minor injuries sustained in the crash.
The house that was struck by Malone’s vehicle was occupied at the time of the crash, but no one inside was injured. No other motorists or law enforcement were injured during the course of the pursuits or crashes.
The incident remains under investigation.