A Galax man has been charged with a pair of felonies after leading police on vehicle and foot chases June 7 in Galax and Carroll County.
According to Virginia State Police reports, Sgt. Scott Todd of the Virginia State Police observed a 2015 Hynudai traveling east on Route 58 near the western city limits of Galax at approximately 1:25 p.m. Todd turned on the vehicle and attempted to pull it over near the intersection of Main Street when the vehicle accelerated and ran the traffic lights at Main Street, the Truck By-Pass and Glendale Road, the police report stated. The suspect vehicle then turned left onto Glendale Road and the pursuit continued out of the city and into Carroll County, with Galax City Police assisting.
As the pursuit neared Midway Heights, Trooper Jon Delp deployed a tire deflation device in an effort to end the pursuit, but the suspect vehicle’s driver saw the device in the roadway and abruptly turned into a private driveway near the intersection of Commonwealth Drive,” according to the press release. “Sergeant Todd turned into the driveway in an effort to contain the suspect, but the suspect vehicle spun through the yard and the two vehicles collided. The driver then fled on foot into a nearby residential neighborhood with Sergeant Todd and members of Carroll Sheriff’s Department in foot pursuit.”
The suspect, David Alexander Musick, 29, of Galax, was apprehended quickly without further incident. Musick was found to have outstanding felony warrants from Grayson County for a probation violation. According to the police report, Musick was charged with felony eluding law enforcement and served with the felony warrant for the Grayson County probation violation.
Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser commended the efforts of the Galax City Police and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department for their assistance.
“Without them, the suspect could have easily escaped capture,” Musser said.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on [email protected]