A West Virginia man faces numerous charges after a high-speed chase Saturday in Carroll County reached speeds of 110 miles per hour before ending in a wreck in Wythe County.
According to Virginia State Police Sgt. T.S. Todd, he was working speed enforcement on Interstate 77 at approximately 10:15 p.m. when he tried to stop a 2012 Chevrolet Malibu with a West Virginia registration for running 94 miles per hour in a 65 mile-per-hour zone. Todd said the driver refused to stop and a pursuit started at the 11.5 mile maker in Carroll County headed northbound toward Wythe County.
“I pursued him into Wythe County where a Wythe County trooper was there at Exit 24 set up to assist me. It starting raining when we crossed into Wythe and the Wythe trooper was able to get in front of the vehicle in an attempt to slow it down,” Todd said. “During that time the vehicle almost struck my vehicle and then the Malibu went to pass Trooper J. Crowder’s vehicle and struck it in the side. Shortly thereafter, the Malibu struck Crowder’s vehicle again, causing the Malibu to lose control and spin out into the right shoulder before striking a bank.”
The chase stopped with the wreck just north of the New River Bridge at about the 26.5 mile marker in Wythe County, Todd said, noting the chase covered 15 miles in 10 minutes. He estimated damages to Trooper Crowder’s police vehicle at $700 and damages to the Malibu at $2,000.
Todd said Demorrea Juan Curry, 19, of Beckley, West Virginia, was arrested and charged at the scene. Todd charged Curry in Carroll County with reckless driving, felony attempting to elude police, driving under the influence of alcohol, and operating a vehicle without a driver’s license. Todd said he also charged Curry in Wythe County for assault and battery on a law enforcement officer for striking Trooper Crowder’s vehicle, and possession of marijuana.
“The main thing is nobody was injured. He did have his girlfriend with him and a five-year-old boy in the backseat,” Todd said. “I will also be consulting with the Carroll County Commonwealth’s Attorney in reference to felony child endangerment charges. Thankfully everyone was okay. The main thing in our job is to keep people safe.”
Curry is currently being held in New River Valley Regional Jail in Dublin without bond. Todd said the Wythe County and Carroll County sheriff’s offices also assisted, as did Virginia State Police Troopers J. Sowers, Graham, and Sgt. K. McCall.
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN