Man charged with 8 felonies after hitting several police cars during attempted escape in Covington

Alleghany Highlands News

COVINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — A wanted Virginia man is facing a number of charges after he tried to escape from authorities in Covington Monday night, hitting several police cars before he was taken into custody.

According to the Covington Police Department, at approximately 10:38 p.m. on Monday, May 31, Covington officers, Alleghany County deputies, and state troopers found a person wanted out of Fauquier County who was reportedly involved in a hit and run from the day before.

The department says the individual was located at the 220 Express gas station, on the corner of South Monroe Avenue and Route 220. Officers tried to identify the two uncooperative occupants of the vehicle, but after several minutes of talking with the male passenger — who initially gave false information to police — the individual was positively identified and confirmed as wanted.

Police say 28-year-old Stuart Lee Simpson of Bealeton, refused to exit the vehicle or cooperate with police, disregarding all commands and moving to the driver’s seat of the vehicle before trying to leave the scene.

In this attempt, Simpson reportedly hit three police vehicles, placing the officers at scene in imminent danger, as well as his mother outside of the vehicle and the back passenger.

According to the department, officers took immediate action to contain the vehicle and apprehend Simpson, who suffered only minor injuries. Meanwhile, no law enforcement officers reported any injuries, and the other passenger in the vehicle only sustained minor injuries and was released at the scene.

After being treated at the hospital for his injuries, authorities say Simpson was transported to the Alleghany County Regional Jail — where he is being held without bond — and charged with eight felonies and one misdemeanor.

Those charges include attempted malicious wounding, five counts of assault and battery on law enforcement officer, three counts of destruction of property, and giving a false identity to law enforcement, but more charged may be placed at a later date.

“All of the Law Enforcement Officers involved in this incident did an outstanding job. Their ability to contain a dangerous situation and minimize property loss and injury, speaks to the level of professionalism each agency provides,” said Chief Smith.

The Covington Police Department extended their gratitude to the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police for their support.

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