Man accused in chase leaves hospital

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – He fled police, crashed his car and ended up in the hospital, and then he disappeared. More than 24 hours later state police are still searching for 21-year-old Javon Curtis, the suspect in a high speed police pursuit in north Richmond. Curtis faces eight charges, including two felonies.

Javon Curtis was taken to the VCU Medical Center for injuries from the police chase. He slipped away Sunday morning, which is not crime because he was not charged with anything. Police are looking for him now though.

We've learned Curtis has a long history of traffic violations in his three short years as a licensed driver. On Saturday night a state trooper tried to stop 21-year-old Javon Curtis for driving with no headlights on.

State police say Curtis took off down Brookland Park Boulevard leading them on a two mile chase, reaching speeds of 90 miles an hour. It ended at the Blessings For You daycare. The daycare calls it a blessing the crash didn't happen during the day.

In the car with Curtis was another adult, a teen and his 4-month-old daughter.

"Curtis suffered injuries and our first priority, even though he ran from police, we still have an obligation to seek medical attention for Curtis," said VA State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar.

State police say medical personnel at VCU told the trooper Curtis would be admitted into the hospital and held for at least 24 hours so doctors could treat his injuries. By Sunday morning, Curtis was gone. He left without being discharged, but a VCU spokesperson says because Curtis was not in police custody the hospital had no authority to stop him. A state police spokesperson says it does not appear that the trooper violated any policies and followed Virginia law.

"Curtis did not pose an immediate threat to the public and troopers did not stay at the scene because he was admitted into the hospital," Molnar said.

Curtis is no stranger to run-ins with police. He's pleaded guilty to almost two dozen traffic violations in greater Richmond, from noise violations, to speeding, and he's been convicted of driving on a suspended license 7 times.

Police say Curtis is not a public threat though they are actively looking for him. Investigators are still in contact with his wife and are following up on some leads. If you know where Curtis may be or have any information that could help, call state police dispatch at 804-553-3445. Anything you say is confidential.

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