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Police arrest two after crash

Two Danville men, 18-year-old DeMarkus Antione Conway and 19-year-old Tyrus Lashawn Beck, face numerous weapon and driving charges after South Boston police arrested the pair Friday.

According to South Boston Police Investigator Randy Redd, shortly before 3 a.m. Officer T. D. Clay attempted to stop a 2006 Toyota Camry for speeding on Wilborn Avenue in South Boston.  

When Officer Clay activated his emergency lights, the driver of the Toyota accelerated, travelling down North Main Street, where it struck a parked car near the intersection of College Street.  

The Toyota continued travelling, eventually turning onto Briggs Street, then to Spring Avenue and onto College Street.  

The driver of the Toyota continued at a high rate of speed on College Street and was unable to stop at the intersection of Hamilton Boulevard and College Street.  The Toyota travelled across Hamilton Boulevard where it went up an embankment and struck a tree.  

Just prior to this incident, officers responded to a call in the Briggs Street area for a report of shots fired, Redd said.  

Officers found a 1993 Suburban and a residence in that area had been struck by apparent gunshots. 

Officers were able to determine after the two suspects in the Toyota were taken into custody that the two incidents were related, Redd said.  

Conway, the driver of the 2006 Toyota, was charged with felony driving to elude police.

Beck, a passenger in the vehicle, was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling, possession of a stolen firearm, felony destruction of property and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 

Conway and Beck were transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax where Conway was being held on a $15,000 secured bond, and Beck was being held without bond.