VSP: Trooper injured in multi-county pursuit; Suspect faces charges


A spokesperson for Virginia State Police tells News Channel 11 that charges are pending against a man after he reportedly struck two VSP cars, injuring a trooper. 

The identity of the suspect has not been released at this time. 

According to VSP, a trooper tried to stop a Jeep Grand Cherokee in Bland County today around 11:30 a.m. 

VSP says speeding was the reason for the attempted traffic stop, as the Jeep was traveling 89-mph in a posted 70-mph-zone. When the Jeep refused to stop for the trooper, a pursuit was initiated. 

The pursuit continued south on I-77 during which time the Jeep rammed a Virginia State Police vehicle. The pursuit came to end in the southbound lanes of I-77 near the 29-mile marker when the Jeep rear-ended another VSP vehicle.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was taken into custody without further incident. 

As a precautionary measure, the man was transported to a nearby hospital. One trooper was also transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Charges are pending. 

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