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:
- 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.