High speed chase exceeding 100 mph ends with crash on Chippenham

High speed chase exceeding 100 mph ends with crash on Chippenham
Virginia State Police cruiser damaged on Wednesday. (Source: NBC12)
Virginia State Police cruiser damaged on Wednesday. (Source: NBC12)
Crash scene on Jahnke Road after suspect apprehended. (Source: NBC12)
Crash scene on Jahnke Road after suspect apprehended. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A man is now in state police custody after a high speed chase ended on Chippenham Parkway Wednesday, a pursuit that reached 130 miles per hour and spanned 80 miles across Virginia.

Law enforcement sources described the driver as a convicted felon who may have been armed. Police originally stopped the man in Albemarle County near Charlottesville, issuing a citation for driving with a suspended license.

The man then took off from officers around 7:30 p.m., evading Virginia State Police troopers while heading east on Interstate 64 toward Richmond.

The suspect, who has not yet been publicly identified, crossed over the James River, leading dozens of police cars on a chase through South Richmond.

When the driver attempted to exit Chippenham Parkway at Jahnke Road, emergency response teams deployed spike strips and two state police cruisers slammed into the suspect's vehicle.

The confluence of events at Jahnke ended the pursuit around 8 p.m., with no other drivers injured.

Troopers took the suspect into custody without incident, and soon rushed him to nearby Chippenham Hospital.

First responders also questioned a female passenger, who walked away from the suspect's vehicle unharmed and was released without charges.

Authorities from Richmond, Chesterfield and the state closed the Chippenham Parkway's southbound lanes for the duration of the evening, after a multitude of drivers flooded emergency dispatch lines with reports of the chase.

Prosecutors early Thursday conferred with responding law enforcement agencies from Albemarle to Richmond, and planned to announce charges as investigators continued to build a case and conclude background checks.

The extent of the suspect's injuries could not be immediately disclosed.

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