UPDATE 12:31 p.m.: Charges are pending against a man wanted in multiple jurisdictions after he led police on a pursuit and crashed in southwest Roanoke Thursday morning.
Virginia State Police told WFXR News that undercover agents with the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area — a task force made up of members of Virginia State Police, Roanoke County Police, and Roanoke City Police — spotted a white and black mustang shortly before 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4 being driven by a man who was wanted on several charges out of Botetourt and Roanoke counties.
Police say the agents called for a marked State Police vehicle to initiate a traffic stop on Franklin Road, but once the vehicle activated its emergency equipment, the man sped away, leading officers on a chase.
The man reportedly tried to turn onto Brandon Avenue, but because of his speed, he couldn’t make the turn, crashed into the median, drove through the parking lot of George’s Florist, and crashed into a drainage ditch at the intersection.
According to Virginia State Police, the man jumped out of the car — which was on fire — and ran to the Ramada Inn about 100 yards away. State troopers then found the man hiding in a dumpster outside the hotel and took him into custody without incident.
The man was then brought to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for injuries he received in the crash, officials say.
Meanwhile, no law enforcement officers were hurt over the course of the chase or the crash, both of which are under investigation by Virginia State Police
ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Both state and local law enforcement worked with first responders in southwest Roanoke Thursday morning in connection with a pursuit and crash along Franklin Road.
According to Virginia State Police, state troopers are assisting the Roanoke County Police Department with a vehicle stop in the City of Roanoke on Franklin Road.
WFXR News reporter Aaron Farrar found members of Virginia State Police, the Roanoke Police Department, and Roanoke Fire-EMS at the intersection of Franklin Road and Brandon Avenue near George’s Florist the morning of Thursday, Feb. 4.
Roanoke Fire-EMS confirmed to WFXR News that firefighters put out a vehicle fire in the area. There is also a car in a ditch nearby.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates as we gather more information.