State Police Chase 15-Year-Old Driving Stolen Chesterfield Van
Photo by ABC 8 News viewer Corinne Miklos
SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—A teenager is expected to face charges after leading Virginia State Police on a wild chase in a stolen van on Sunday morning.
Just before 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 16, Virginia State Police attempted to stop a white Dodge van on I-95 North at mile marker 119, near the Caroline County/Spotsylvania County line. The vehicle was traveling at high speeds, and police had received a "Be on the Lookout" alert for the van after it was involved in a hit-and-run at mile marker 104 in Caroline County. When a trooper spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it, the driver refused to pull over and a pursuit began.
Police pursued the van, which had been stolen earlier that morning from Grafton Group Home in Chesterfield County, for miles. The 15-year-old boy driving the van tried to ram a trooper's vehicle, causing the car to run off the road and strike the guardrail. At mile marker 128, the van struck a second trooper's vehicle. The teen then lost control of the van and overturned on the highway.
Though no troopers were injured during the pursuit, the teen was taken to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
The left and center lanes of I-95 North were reopened by 10:30 a.m. on Sunday.
An ABC 8 News viewer captured a portion of the pursuit on camera, as seen in the video clip above.
Charges are pending, and Virginia State Police continue to investigate the incident.