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UPDATE: Police chase turns deadly for Brookneal man

A 44-year-old Brookneal man was killed, and a 25-year-old Halifax County Sheriff’s deputy was hospitalized following a deadly chase that ended in the northern section of the county early Sunday morning.

Daryl Lee Beadles of Swallow Lane was pronounced dead at the scene, and Deputy T. H. Clarke of South Boston was transported to Halifax Regional Hospital after two wrecks occurred at 1:17 a.m. on State Route 761 (Boxwood Trail), a half-mile west of Highway 501, according to First Sgt. J. N. Lane of the Virginia State Police.

Deputy Clarke, who was driving a 2008 Chevrolet Impala, was in pursuit of the suspect over an alleged traffic infraction, according to Sheriff Fred Clark.

The investigating officer, Trooper A. D. Dishman, said Sunday Beadles had started eluding the officer near Acorn Road.

“He turned his headlights off and was driving southbound in the northbound lane of Highway 501,” Dishman said.

Beadles was fleeing from Deputy Clarke when the 1995 Dodge Intrepid he was driving slid off the road and struck a tree, First Sgt. Lane said.

The Intrepid was listed as a total loss, Sheriff Clark added.

Shortly behind Beadles, the deputy, who has worked for the county for four years, struck the same tree.

“The impact was on the driver’s side,” Trooper Dishman confirmed.

“He was shaken up and sore Sunday,” the sheriff said of Deputy Clarke. “It was a terrible thing.”

Dishman said her investigation into the two crashes are continuing, but no charges are expected to be filed.

The state police accident reconstruction team was expected to reconstruct the two wrecks late Sunday afternoon, Dishman said, barring inclement weather.

Sheriff’s Department Investigator J. D. Clay said Sunday the sheriff’s department was unable to comment on details surrounding the pursuit and referred all questions to State Trooper Dishman.

“I can tell you that the deputy is OK,” Clay said.

Commenting on the fatal wreck, First Sgt. Lane said of all the holidays, St. Patrick’s Day is the worst holiday for accidents.

Beadles’ body has been sent to the medical examiner’s office in Richmond for an autopsy, the sheriff said Sunday.