MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — A man suspected of sexually assaulting a six-year-old in Martinsville escaped police after a 100 mph chase across multiple counties.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office is investigating after a six-year-old child was sexually assaulted at the Raceway Inn in Martinsville. Deputies say they are still searching for Lucas Donley, 36, accused of the crime after he led them on a chase through multiple counties.

Deputies say this all started last night around 6 p.m. at the Raceway Inn in Martinsville.

According to the Sheriff’s office, a six-year-old child had been left in Donley’s care. When the Child’s parents returned deputies say the parents discovered Donley had sexually assaulted the child, then immediately called 9-1-1.

Donley left the motel, but deputies located him in Henry County driving a blue 2014 Kia Forte with the Virginia license plate, VWM-5364. When they attempted to stop him, he drove away at high speeds. Deputies followed him East on Route 57 toward Pittsylvania County, going more than 100 mph.

During the pursuit Donley allegedly hit another person’s car and then drove into the oncoming traffic lane, almost hitting several other vehicles. Due to the danger posed to other drivers, deputies stopped pursuing Donley.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says investigators have issued six arrest warrants on Donley including:

  • a felony charge for eluding law enforcement
  • aggravated sexual battery
  • forcible sodomy
  • three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship.

Donley was already a registered sex offender in Virginia.

The Crimestoppers Program is currently offering a $2,500 reward for information about the incident.