HENRICO, VA—A Richmond man is behind bars after police say he fled police and engaged officers in a chase that spanned two counties and damaged multiple vehicles before being taken down by a private citizen.
Tracy R. Scruggs , 32, of the 2400 block of 4th Ave. has been charged by Richmond Police with hit and run, reckless driving, grand larceny and eluding police.
Scruggs faces charges in Henrico County of possession of a stolen vehicle, felony hit and run, felony eluding, DWI and 2 charges of assault on a law enforcement officer.
The incident started just after 9:30 p.m., when Richmond Police say an officer observed a man driving recklessly in the 2500 block of Q Street in Richmond's East End. The officer lost sigh of the vehicle, but shortly later a second officer spotted the vehicle at North 21st and East Leigh streets.
Richmond Police officers briefly pursued the vehicle, but said as the suspect vehicle turned off its lights, the chase was called off due to safety reasons.
Police say the suspect abandoned the vehicle and stole a car, which officers spotted and began pursuing. The suspect engaged officers in a police chase that entered Henrico County, police said.
During the chase, Henrico County Police say the suspect struck three vehicles. Police say Scruggs also struck a police cruiser twice; no officers were injured.
The chase ended when police say the suspect crashed the vehicle and then fled to the parking lot of a Walgreens pharmacy, located at Nine Mile Road and Laburnum Avenue.
The suspect was then chased by a citizen who punched the man in the head, knocking him to the ground until officers arrived at the scene, police said.
The citizen then left the scene, but Henrico County Police say they are not seeking the man.
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