Man, woman arrested after speeding, driving recklessly to escape Wythe County authorities

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WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A crazy police pursuit ended with a man and woman in custody Friday afternoon in Wythe County.

According to the Wytheville Police Department, shortly after 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 19, Detective Umberger and Detective Anders were leaving Virginia Recycling when they saw a vehicle pull into the parking lot.

Officials say the detectives recognized the driver — identified as 32-year-old Charles Michael Crider of Max Meadows — as a person of interest in recent investigations.

When Crider saw the detectives, the department says he “recklessly spun around in the gravel parking lot and took off at high speed onto Chapman Road towards Fort Chiswell.”

Crider continued at a high speed — passing cars on double-yellow lines and running cars off the road — before pulling into a trailer park on Maransa Way, just past Fort Chiswell, according to authorities.

The man then ran away from the vehicle, leaving 22-year-old Audreanna Marie Grubb of Max Meadows, in the passenger seat.

With the help of the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, and a Virginia State Police tracking dog, police say Crider was found hiding in thick brush on Ghent Lane.

According to authorities, Crider is being held without bond at the New River Valley Regional Jail for reckless driving, felony eluding police, and possession of a firearm as a felon.

Meanwhile, Grubb is reportedly being held at the same jail on a $2,500 secure bond for a charge of possession of a Schedule I drug.

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