VSP trooper dragged by SUV along I-295, suspect arrested

Published: Dec. 2, 2022 at 9:02 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 7, 2022 at 8:59 AM EST

HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) -State police arrested a 38-year-old man after officials say he trapped a state trooper in his passenger door, dragging him along I-295 Friday afternoon.

At 4:08 p.m. on Dec. 2, a Virginia State Police Trooper saw a 2021 Mazda CX-30 SUV speeding south on I-295 in Henrico County. The trooper initiated a traffic stop, and the SUV pulled off onto the shoulder at the 37-mile marker. Police say the driver was going 97 mph in the 70-posted zone.

According to police, the trooper approached the SUV’s passenger side and stopped the driver was non-compliant with the trooper’s requests. The SUV then sped off, which caused the passenger side door to close on the trooper.

The trooper was caught in the door and dragged about 3 miles as the SUV drove up to 115 mph while continuing to drive south on I-295. The vehicle then hit two tractor-trailers and crashed near the Creighton Road exit.

The driver, 38-year-old Milton Jermaine Lewis of Deleware, fled by foot from the scene.

Milton Jermaine Lewis from Delaware was arrested Friday, Dec. 2.
Milton Jermaine Lewis from Delaware was arrested Friday, Dec. 2.(Pamunkey Regional Jail)

The Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and Henrico County Police established a search perimeter immediately. At around 6:18 p.m., the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team apprehended the suspect near Cold Harbor Road in Mechanicsville.

Lewis is facing multiple charges, including reckless driving by speeding, felony eluding of a police officer, having a concealed weapon, altering a serial number on a firearm, felony assault of a law enforcement officer, abduction, attempted capital murder, failure to maintain control of a vehicle, no seatbelt and felony hit and run.

The trooper and the driver were both treated for minor, non-life-threatening injuries.