UPDATE: Suspect in Petersburg high speed chase arraigned

By Yvette Yeon - bio | email

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The suspect involved in a Petersburg police chase yesterday, Kevin Foster, was arraigned today.

In court, a judge set a bond motion date for April 6 at 10:30 a.m. His trial date for all charges is slated for May 8 at 11:30 a.m.

A high speed chase that started about 4:20 p.m. Thursday in Petersburg came to an end on Jefferson Street, between Washington and Wythe, when the suspect crashed into an ambulance.

Officials say the ambulance driver saw the pursuit and positioned the ambulance to block the suspect's car. Now, both the suspect and the ambulance driver, face charges of reckless driving.

A loud crash then sirens blaring on this section of Jefferson Street lead residents outside to check it out.

"It wasn't chaotic - all you saw was the vehicle slammed into the back of the ambulance and it was like a million and one cops out here, they cleared the scene pretty quickly," said witness Phillup Lions.

Kevin D. Foster was arrested. The Crown Victoria Foster was driving without insurance and a stolen license plate was also put away in Slone's garage in Petersburg. But just two minutes before the ambulance crash police say Foster hit another vehicle and drove off, threatening the lives of innocent people on the road and sidewalks.

It leads us to question authorities, their motive in continuing the pursuit in light of the recent death of a Richmond pastor also a result of a high speed chase.

"During the course of this pursuit we took the life and the consideration of everybody out there into consideration," said Sergeant Thomas Molnar, Virginia State Police.

There were no major injuries in this crash.

"The kid in question he came out like he was in one piece," said Lions.

Police say the ambulance that belonged to Southside Regional Medical Center sustained minor damages. Foster faces ten felonies and misdemeanors including reckless driving and hit and run.

The ambulance driver, 46-year-old Mark T. Talbott, he will be in court May 20.

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