A Hopewell man is facing 13 criminal charges after leading Chesterfield County Police on a high-speed chase overnight that damaged two cruisers.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. on March 27, Chesterfield Police were investigating a report of suspicious activity. Someone was reportedly driving around and looking into cars on Boulder Spring Drive, located east of Powhite Parkway and west of Chippenham Parkway. When officers attempted to pull over the suspect’s vehicle on Chippenham Parkway south, the suspect rammed into one of the police cruisers.
The suspect sped off and engaged officers in a pursuit, which ended roughly 7 miles away on the 4500 block of Oxbridge Road. After he ran out of road in the cul-de-sac of a residential area, the suspect drove into a nearby creek. An additional police cruiser was also damaged during the chase.
The suspect, 47-year-old William F. Hardee of the 300 block of South Ninth Avenue in Hopewell, was taken Johnston Willis Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The police officers involved in the pursuit were not injured.
Hardee faces a total of 13 charges in connection with the incident: two counts of eluding police; two counts of assault and battery of a police officer/firefighter; driving while intoxicated; driving while suspended or revoked; destruction of property, monument; false identity self to law enforcement (he gave false identifying information to police); two counts of hit and run; two counts of identity fraud; and grand larceny (he was driving a stolen vehicle).
Chesterfield Police continue to investigate the incident.