ALLEGHANY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A woman from West Virginia is facing multiple charges after she reportedly led Virginia State Police on a high-speed chase along I-64 and then crashed in Alleghany County on Monday.
Virginia State Police say they got a call from Enterprise Rent-A-car in Jackson County, West Virginia, saying a white Ford Mustang had been stolen from their business and tracked that vehicle to the Jerry’s Run Rest Area on I-64, just inside the Virginia border.
A state trooper was sent to check the rest area for the stolen car on Monday, May 9 and found a vehicle matching the description and license plate, with a woman in the driver’s seat. According to authorities, the woman locked the doors, refused to roll the window down for the trooper, started the vehicle, and then drove away from the rest area.
Officials tell WFXR News the trooper followed the stolen car at speeds up to 122 mph. However, as the driver tried to get off I-64 on exit 10 at a high speed, the car crashed and overturned, leaving the driver injured.
According to police, 31-year-old Sara Michelle Cox of Inwood, West Virginia was taken to LewisGale Hospital, Alleghany before being flown in a helicopter to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Virginia State Police say Cox was released from the hospital on Friday, May 13 and charged with felony eluding, DUID, and vehicle theft. She is being held without bond at the Roanoke City Jail.