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Chase leads police on wild ride through county

A 34-year-old Nathalie man faces multiple drug and driving charges following a police chase that began early Monday morning when a deputy tried to stop the vehicle for a speeding violation.

Keith M. Ewing of Hunting Creek Road was heading north on Highway 501 in the Cluster Springs area Monday at 1:05 a.m. when Halifax County Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Clayton clocked him on radar running 70 mph.

According to Lt. Steve M. Cassada, Clayton turned around to stop the vehicle, and that’s when Ewing accelerated to speeds nearing 90 mph.

“He never slowed down for a red light at the Highway 58-501 intersection in Riverdale,” Cassada said.

Ewing’s vehicle turned right onto Seymour Drive, running another red light at the John Randolph Boulevard intersection and making a left turn headed east in the west-bound lane before turning left onto Hodges Street, Cassada said.

Two South Boston Police Officers joined in the chase and had stopped at the intersection of Hodges Street and North Main Street when Ewing’s vehicle nearly collided with one of them as Ewing drove across the sidewalk to elude capture, Cassada said.

Ewing then proceeded to drive through a red light at the intersection of North Main and Hamilton Boulevard while traveling 90 mph, Cassada said.

Virginia State Police and Halifax Town Police joined in the chase trying to stop Ewing near the intersection of Old Halifax Road and Dan River Church Road where Ewing turned onto Dan River Church Road still traveling at speeds of between 85 and 90 mph, the officer said.

“He never slowed down at the stop sign at Dan River Church Road and J. D. Hagood Highway and nearly collided with a tractor trailer there,” Cassada said.

Ewing then proceeded onto Wolf Trap Road where he lost control of the vehicle and wrecked. After crashing, Ewing jumped from the vehicle and fled on foot.

Following a short foot pursuit, Cassada said officers were able to apprehend Ewing at which time he allegedly fought with the officers who restrained and arrested him.

Ewing was charged with DUI, refusing a blood or breath test, resisting arrest, eluding police, speeding, reckless driving, possessing marijuana and driving with no license.

Halifax County deputies were searching a wooded area near Riverdale Drive and St. Michael’s Drive in South Boston Tuesday morning for a black male wearing a tan jacket and stocking hat.

According to Cassada, Deputy Tyler H. Clarke had attempted to stop a green Ford Explorer bearing no license plates when the suspect “ditched” the vehicle near Riverdale Drive and ran into a wooded area.

Authorities continued the search into the afternoon, Cassada said, but as of press time, no arrest had been made.