Three Arrested After Truck Stolen and Brief Pursuit

Trooper Slightly Injured as Result of Pursuit

WRVA News
December 19, 2019 - 12:06 pm

Jeff Katz

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(HANOVER COUNTY, Va.) - Virginia State Police say the man that lead authorities on a pursuit after stealing a crash cushion truck from a work zone has been identified as, Darrell Michael Harris, 29, of Richmond.

On December 18, 2019, at 8:31 p.m., the Virginia State Police received reports of a Curtis crash cushion truck that was stolen from a work zone being conducted at I-95 at the 88.6 mile marker.  That vehicle was located a short time later with the driver, identified as, Harris refusing to stop for troopers, authorities say.  Police say a pursuit ensued with Harris driving recklessly and striking two marked trooper vehicles.  The pursuit ended on Route 1 near Ashcake Road.  Harris, in addition to two other occupants, were taken into custody without further incident.  

Harris has been charged with: 2 felony counts of grand larceny, 2 felony counts of assault on law enforcement, 1 felony count hit and run, 1 count felony elude, 3 felony counts of destruction of property, 1 misdemeanor driving revoked, and reckless driving.  Charges are pending against the other two subjects. 

Harris is currently being held at Pamunkey Regional Jail. 

The incident remains under investigation. 

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(HANOVER COUNTY, Va.) -- About 8:30 Wednesday night, State Police received a report of a crash-cushion truck that was stolen from a work zone being conducted at I-95 at the 88.6 mile marker near the Lewistown Road. A Be-On-The-Lookout advisory was immediately provided with a trooper locating that vehicle on Route 1 near Lewistown Road.

The trooper attempted to stop the vehicle with his emergency equipment activated. The driver refused to stop and a pursuit started.

The driver of the truck continued to drive recklessly taking several side streets off of Route 1 and striking two marked trooper vehicles in the process. 

The pursuit ended with the driver of the truck stopping on Route 1 just south of Ashcake Road in Ashland with the assistance of the Hanover Sheriff's Office and Ashland Police Department.

Two adult males in addition to one adult female were taken into custody. Their names have not been released.

One trooper sustained minor injuries after his vehicle was struck. The trooper was transported to the hospital for treatment. No further injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

The incident remains under investigation and charges are pending at this time.