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Chase ends in crash, arrest

A pursuit for a stolen vehicle from Danville resulted in two separate crashes involving a South Boston Police cruiser and a Virginia State Police vehicle Monday afternoon.

According to Virginia State Police First Sgt. Jeffrey Lane, petitions and charges are pending against a female juvenile from South Boston who was driving a stolen vehicle out of Danville when she led local law enforcement on a chase that resulted in the two crashes.

After Danville authorities issued a “be on the lookout” for the stolen 2000 Dodge Neon Monday, Virginia State Police Special Agent R. B. George, coordinator of the task force, spotted the vehicle and initiated a pursuit on Highway 501 in Centerville around 1:30 p.m., Lane said.

The juvenile driver refused to stop for the special agent, and the pursuit continued from Centerville to State Route 659 (River Road) near the interchange at Westside Park Road where the juvenile struck the state police cruiser operated by George.

After impact, the juvenile continued on to River Road where she sideswiped a South Boston police cruiser that was attempting to overtake the Neon near Camp 23, Lane said.

That crash occurred about a quarter of a mile south of South Farm Road on River Road.

Following the second impact, Lane said both the juvenile and a 19-year-old passenger, Nathaniel TiQuan Wilson of Ruskin Street, Danville, fled the Neon as it came to a rolling stop, and officers began a brief foot pursuit for the pair.

Abandoned in the rolling vehicle was a 10-year-old child who did not belong to either the juvenile or Wilson, Lane said.

The 10-year-old passenger was not hurt and was later transported back to his parents in Danville, the state police officer said.

Numerous charges are pending against the juvenile driver due to her erratic driving behavior that resulted in two collisions with police vehicles, Lane said.

In relation to the two wrecks with police cruisers, the juvenile was charged with child endangerment, grand larceny of a stolen vehicle, two counts of assault on a police officer and one felony eluding police.

Additional charges are pending and expected to be filed by the regional task force, Lane said.

Damages to the South Boston police cruiser were listed as minor. However, the state police cruiser sustained more serious damage. No damage estimates were available at press time.

Following the foot pursuit and capture, Wilson was transported to MCV Medical Center in Richmond where he was treated for injuries he sustained in a prior incident unrelated to Monday afternoon’s crashes in Halifax County.

Wilson also is wanted on charges in Danville, according to state police, however Lane said he could not elaborate on how Wilson sustained his injuries for which he was being treated at the Richmond hospital. 

An investigation into Monday’s incident is continuing.