LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) – The Lynchburg Police Department announced they have charged a woman for allegedly setting fire to a car and building and then engaging in a vehicle pursuit with officers early morning Friday, Oct. 6.

According to the LPD, officers responded near the 2100-block of 12th Street after reports of a woman, later identified as Felecia Williams from Lynchburg, allegedly pouring gasoline near a vehicle and building. Williams then allegedly lit the car on fire and fled the scene in a U-Haul truck.

Officers found Williams in the U-Haul on 12th St. and attempted to pull her over, but she reportedly failed to comply, initiating a police pursuit.

At the intersection of 12th and Monroe Streets, the U-Haul and a LPD patrol vehicle collided, injuring an officer in the process. Following the crash, officers were able to take Williams into custody after a brief struggle.

The injured officer was transported to Lynchburg General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.

The Lynchburg Fire Department extinguished the fire that Williams ignited.

Felecia Williams has been arrested and charged with the following:

  • Arson
  • Felony Eluding
  • Two Counts of Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Felony Hit-and-Run
  • Driving Under the Influence 
  • Reckless Driving 

Williams is currently being held at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond.

This remains an ongoing investigation. WFXR News will update as more information is released.