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Two Danville Men Charged Following High Speed Chase

A high-speed police chase that began in Halifax County Monday afternoon ended in Pittsylvania County with the arrest of two Danville men, according to Sheriff Stanley Noblin.

Around 1 p.m. Monday deputies C. S. Yeatts and C. A. Bates were riding together in a patrol car on Highway 58 when they met a white vehicle traveling westbound at a high rate of speed, Noblin said. The moving radar unit in the patrol car registered the speed of the westbound vehicle at approximately 80 mph, the sheriff said.

The deputies turned the patrol car around and pursued the white vehicle, later identified as a 2005 Hyundai, which accelerated to speeds exceeding 120 mph, Noblin said.

The pursuit continued into Pittsylvania County and then right onto Swedwood Road, where the deputies lost sight of the Hyundai, he said. As they approached the Cane Creek Parkway intersection they spotted the car on the side of the road off Cane Creek Parkway, the sheriff said. They saw the two occupants of the Hyundai switching sides.

The deputies turned around and got behind the car a second time. The car sped off again and stopped after approximately three-tenths of a mile, Noblin said.
The deputies charged 34-year-old Wendell G. Estes and 20-year-old Donald W. Johnson, both of 254 Hairston Street, Danville, with felony eluding police. Estes also was charged with misdemeanor driving on a suspended operator’s license.

• In other police matters, a 48-year-old Halifax man is facing two felony rape charges, according to sheriff’s office records.

Michael Barksdale of Williams Trail was charged with two felony counts of forcible rape.

The offenses allegedly occurred May 21, 2008, and Deputy C. S. Yeatts served the warrants Monday.

• John Lee Whitt Jr., 51, Whitt Loop, Alton, was charged with felony assault with intent to maim or kill. He also was charged with misdemeanor assault and battery.

The offenses allegedly occurred Monday, and Deputy J. M. Burton served the warrants Tuesday.

• Randall Scott Waterbury, 47, South Terry’s Bridge Road, Scottsburg, was charged with felony unauthorized use of a vehicle and misdemeanor hit and run.

The offenses allegedly occurred Dec. 2, and Deputy T. H. Clarke served the warrants the next day.

• Shannon Thomas Wilborn, 26, Newbill School Road, Halifax, was charged with felony grand larceny.

The offense allegedly occurred Nov. 6, and Investigator M. A. Womack served the warrant Dec. 3.

• A 13-year-old juvenile was served a misdemeanor warrant for failure to report to jail.

The offense allegedly occurred Friday, and Deputy D. L. Medley served the warrant the same day.

• Kenneth Eric Long, 25, South Terry’s Bridge Road, Scottsburg, was charged with misdemeanor drunk in public and misdemeanor stopping on a highway.

The offenses allegedly occurred Friday, and Deputy Burton served the warrants the same day.

• Michael Windell White, 37, Berry Hill Road, South Boston, was charged with three misdemeanors, including inflicting injury to an animal, owning a dog without a license and keeping an unvaccinated dog.

The offenses allegedly occurred Nov. 3, and Sgt. Q. W. Clark served the warrants Friday.

• Maureen Lora Roberts, 40, Whitlow Trail, South Boston, was charged with three misdemeanor counts of assault and battery of a family or household member.

The offenses allegedly occurred Monday, and Deputy T. B. Sargent served the warrants Tuesday.

• Francisco Mendoza Campa, 52, James D. Hagood Highway, South Boston, was charged with misdemeanor DUI-second conviction within five years.

The offense allegedly occurred Sunday, and Cpl. T. C. Spencer served the warrant that night.