A Hillsville man has been arrested after attempting to flee from officers on Thursday.
Richard Lynn Cole, 36, was arrested Thursday afternoon at a residence after a high-speed pursuit that covered approximately four miles and reached speeds of over 80 miles per hour, Hillsville Police Chief Steve Williams said.
HPD officers were manning a traffic checking detail Thursday when they observed a black Ford pickup abruptly turn around in the middle of Route 100 and speed away. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused to comply with their lights and sirens, Williams said.
The operator traveled north on Route 221, turned onto Cavalier Drive, and then left onto Freemont Road. Before coming back to the intersection of Route 58, Cole drove through a yard, exited his vehicle and attempted to enter a residence. Sgt. Wesley Yonce apprehended Cole at the front door to the residence and placed him under arrest, Williams said.
Cole has been charged with reckless driving by speed, reckless driving by failing to yield the right-of-way, failure to stop for law enforcement (a felony), operating an unregistered vehicle, failure to stop at a stop sign, and defective equipment.
Cole was transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail pending his first appearance in Carroll County General District Court.