MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (WRIC)—Residents of an upscale neighborhood are still in shock after a police chase hit their streets Monday night.
"We heard the police sirens and the lights," said Julia McClellan.
McClellan and her neighbors witnessed an unusual sight around 10:40 p.m. on Sept. 23; they looked out their windows to see a swarm of police cars following a white vehicle.
Police say they were after 44-year-old William R. McAlexander, who was wanted on four counts of felony larceny, two counts of burglary and was allegedly driving a stolen car. After failing to pull over on Midlothian Turnpike near Chippenham Parkway, he led police on a nearly 8-mile chase to Lady Marian Court. When McAlexander found himself cornered in a cul-de-sac, he headed for the grass.
"The car went through the neighbor's yard," McClellan said, noting that it appeared to be traveling "way over the speed limit."
McAlexander drove around the backyard and continued into the woods, driving through a slack line that had been tied between two trees. He eventually crashed into a tree, but managed to jump from the vehicle and run from the scene. The suspect was caught 10 hours later near the site of the crash.
"I was nervous," McClellan said. "Nothing like that happens around here usually."
McAlexander is charged with felony eluding, assault on a police officer and reckless driving.
The yard McAlexander drove through was significantly damaged. Police say the homeowner may contact his insurance company, which can go after the suspect to pay for the damage, but the homeowner says that would be too much of a hassle and plans to fix the yard himself.
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