High speed chase suspect gives interview from jail

High speed chase suspect gives interview from jail
Virginia State Police cruiser damaged on Wednesday. (Source: NBC12)
Virginia State Police cruiser damaged on Wednesday. (Source: NBC12)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Chesterfield man accused of leading police on a chase exceeding 100 miles per hour says he had no idea he was on the FBI Terror Watch List.

Police used spike strips to force 32-year-old Sky Almodovar to come to a stop Wednesday night.

Sources confirmed to NBC12 that Almodovar was under the watch of the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Speeds during the pursuit reached over 130 miles per hour, spanning from Albemarle to Richmond.

A swarm of police agencies, including the FBI, use spike strips and force a risky crash to stop Almodovar, and his female passenger on Chippenham Parkway near the Jahnke Road exit.

Almodovar spoke to NBC 12 from Henrico County Jail West, who says he's not an ISIS sympathizer in any way. He says he's sorry for bad decisions he made last night, but he says he's not a terrorist.

He says he didn't realize police were trying to stop him at first because it was an undercover unit and two other people had pulled over to the curb.

"I thought they stopped them, so I proceeded to go," said Almodovar.

He said his passenger later noticed four units behind them, but instead of stopping, he took off.

"My worst judgment took over and fear kicked in, and my adrenaline and things of this nature. And I kept going," said Almodovar of the chase.

Almodovar says he never pulled over out of fear of excessive force by police.

"My side is, if I would have stopped, how do I know I wouldn't have been murdered on a country back road?"

Almodovar, who was raised Catholic in Charlottesville, and later converted to Islam 13 years ago, says he is no terrorist. Investigators say they initially tried to stop Almodovar for driving with a suspended license.

"Obviously if I'm on a watch list, I'm being watched. So, at any point in time [investigators] could have stopped in [my house] and had a conversation," said Almodovar.

Investigators searched Almodovar's house in Chesterfield Wednesday night.

He's now facing three felony counts of eluding police and three counts of driving while license revoked, making an unsafe lane change, disregard a stop light and unauthorized use of a state inspection sticker after Wednesday's chase.

Almodovar is also currently facing a malicious wounding charge in Richmond, and has been found guilty of eluding police and driving without a license before in Henrico.

"I want to publicly say sorry live to the officers involved, to the city of Richmond, to my mother mostly," said Almodovar.

Almodovar was transported to Chippenham Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. His adult female passenger was not injured in the incident, nor have charges been pressed against her. Almodovar was denied bond Thursday morning in a court hearing in Henrico. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 27th.

"It's a big mess," said Almodovar. "I'm gonna deal with it in court."

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