Police ID suspect in Amelia-Henrico pursuit that injured state trooper, another driver

Police ID suspect in Amelia-Henrico pursuit that injured state trooper, another driver

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two people - including a state trooper - were sent to the hospital and another person is behind bars after a police pursuit that traversed several counties and through the city of Richmond on March 30.

Police say 49-year-old John Ricketson now faces "numerous charges in multiple jurisdictions."

The pursuit started around 7 p.m. in Amelia County. Trooper T.G. Watson spotted a truck without a license plate on Route 360. The trooper tried to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver of the truck took off at a speed "in excess of 90 mph," according to police.

The pursuit continued into Chesterfield. Investigators say another VSP trooper, Trooper W.J. Moleins II, pulled in front of the truck to try and slow it down - the truck rammed Trooper Moleins' patrol car, sending it off Route 360 near Genito Road and into a tree.

Trooper Moleins was taken to Chippenham Hospital for treatment and released that night.

The pursuit continued onto Huguenot Road before State Police called it off. Virginia State Police Aviation responded to assist and spotted the vehicle going through Henrico.

Police say the suspect then struck a vehicle at Three Chopt Road and Grove Avenue - the driver in the other vehicle suffered minor injuries and was taken to Henrico Doctors Hospital.

The suspect also struck a parked vehicle on Brookland Park Boulevard near 3rd Street.

The suspect finally abandoned the truck in the 3600 block of Nine Mile Road and fled on foot into the woods. Henrico Police surrounded the suspect and eventually caught him.

Police say the truck was reported stolen out of Oklahoma.

Ricketson now faces charges in multiple jurisdictions:

  • Amelia - possession of stolen property, reckless driving, attempting to elude police
  • Chesterfield - assault on a police officer, falsely identifying himself to law enforcement, identity theft, reckless driving, driving without a license
  • Richmond - charges pending
  • Henrico - charges pending

Ricketson is being held at Riverside Regional Jail.

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