Charles City Sheriff: Suspect caught after crash injures captain and investigator

CHARLES CITY, VA (WWBT) - A suspect is now in custody, after authorities say he ran from the scene of a crash with a Charles City Sheriff's Department captain and an investigator who were both pursuing him.

The Charles City sheriff confirmed the suspect was caught Wednesday evening, hours after a crash on Route 5.

It started as a traffic stop near The Glebe Lane and Route 5.  State Police say a 2011 Dodge Charger, belonging to the Charles City County Sheriff's Office, was driving westbound with its siren blaring. A 2005 Crown Victoria, also belonging to the Charles City County Sheriff's Office, pulled out from a service station with its emergency equipment activated and the two vehicles collided on Route 5. Authorities said Capt. Jason Crawley and Investigator Charlie Hargis were the two injured, airlifted to VCU Medical Center in Richmond. They are reported to be responsive, but their condition is serious.

"It was a big accident. Everybody was just running out here trying to make sure everybody was okay," said Terrell Tabb, who witnessed the crash.

The suspect, driving in an SUV, also crashed his vehicle, then got out and ran off into the woods, authorities said.  He was only wearing underwear, according to the sheriff.  Schools were placed on lockdown during the search.

The suspect was arrested  at Nice View Farms around 6:45 p.m. Wednesday. He apparently went to the main house at the farm, and people inside the home recognized him from his description on TV and called 911.

"Basically, I was just out in the field on the tractor and the feller that kind of matched the description of who they were looking for showed up at my dad's house up there," said Richard Nice.  "He looked like he had been through the woods, dirty." Nice says the suspect had to have walked two or three miles to get to his property.

Route 5 remained closed between Glebe Lane and Courthouse Road for several hours after the crash. The Virginia Department of Transportation reported the road was back open at 9:50 p.m. Wednesday.

Virginia State Police say they are assisting in the crash investigation.  The Charles City sheriff is not releasing the name of the suspect or charges right now.

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