Car chase, manhunt across two counties leads to three arrests

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FLOYD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A traffic stop in Floyd County turned into a 10 mile car chase and foot pursuit on Tuesday evening, which resulted in three arrests for outstanding warrants and new charges.

According to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. OB Harris stopped a Chevrolet Silverado near the intersection of Route 8 and Alum Ridge Road at 5:16 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Harris reportedly approached the car, noticed five occupants inside, and briefly spoke with the driver. However, while Harris ran the driver’s information, authorities say the Silverado fled north on Route 8 toward Montgomery County. Harris and other members of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office pursued the vehicle for approximately 10 miles before the Silverado stopped at the end of Five Points Road in Riner.

After the vehicle stopped, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office said the driver fled on foot. Authorities say the driver — identified as Melvin E. Leftwich, Jr. — had two outstanding warrants for felony shoplifting and misdemeanor failure to appear. Leftwich was eventually found and arrested by police.

Two passengers from the vehicle were also arrested. According to the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, 30-year-old Joanna C. Spurrier and 34-year-old Vanessa B. Parks both had outstanding warrants for probation violation in Montgomery County.

Authorities conducted a search of the Silverado and recovered drug paraphernalia and other items of interest. Based on interviews with the passengers, the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office says Spurrier was also in possession of methamphetamine.

Members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office reportedly took Spurrier and Parks into custody and transported them to the Montgomery County Jail, but Spurrier will also face charges at the Floyd County Circuit Court at a later date. Meanwhile, Leftwich faces charges of felony eluding, driving with a revoked license, and improper vehicle registration in the Floyd County General District Court, authorities say.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, the Christiansburg Police Department, Virginia State Police, and a VSP K-9 unit assisted in the search for Leftwich.

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