Driver arrested after leading police pursuit, crashing into 4 cars in Chesterfield


CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Authorities arrested a 25-year-old man on Thursday after he struck four vehicles during a state police pursuit through Chesterfield County. 

At approximately 11:56 a.m., Virginia State Trooper E. Taylor was providing traffic control assistance in an active work zone at Jahnke Road and Buford.

Trooper Taylor observed and attempted to pull over a 2004 Ford Explorer with an inspection sticker violation traveling at a high rate of speed. 

The driver, identified as Da’Jaun Kenyatta Lydel Chandler, refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. 

The suspect drove erratically as he crossed over double solid lines and hit four other passenger vehicles, according to a release from Virginia State Police Sgt. Keeli Hill. 

The first vehicle was struck on Courthouse Road as the suspect traveled northbound in the southbound lanes, while a second vehicle was hit at the intersection of S. Arch Road and Reams Road. 

The last two vehicles hit were at N. Arch Road and Arboretum Parkway. 

No injuries were reported from the crashes but property damage was done. 

At approximately 12:06 p.m., Chandler fled on foot and led the trooper on a brief pursuit on N. Arch Road at the entrance of Arch Village.

Chandler was taken into custody without incident after the brief foot pursuit.   

He was charged with one felony count of eluding police, three felony counts of hit and run, misdemeanor possession of marijuana, reckless driving, driving revoked, failure to inspect vehicle and window tint. 

Chandler was also served with several capiases out of Chesterfield County. 

An investigation is ongoing. 

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