VSP: Four arrested; stolen gun, car recovered after Monday’s police pursuit around New River Valley

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(WFXR) — Between a high-speed chase through Pulaski and Wythe counties and a foot pursuit in Grayson County, authorities managed to take four people into custody and recover some stolen property on Monday.

According to Virginia State Police, Sgt. D.D. Johnson was running radar on I-81 in Pulaski County when an Acura sedan registered 99 mph in a posted 70 mph zone shortly before 8 a.m. on Monday, April 19.

Police say Johnson pulled in behind the Acura and activated his lights and sirens, but the Acura refused to stop, resulting in a pursuit with the Acura reaching speeds of up to 120 mph.

The pursuit continued into Wythe County, where the Acura exited the interstate, entered Wytheville, then headed south on Route 21 toward Grayson County, authorities say.

The suspect vehicle reportedly continued to elude law enforcement until it came to a stop at the end of Winterplace Lane in Grayson County. The vehicle’s four occupants then got out and ran away into the surrounding woods, according to the Wytheville Police Department.

Members of the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the Independence Police Department, the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, the Galax Police Department, the Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina, and the U.S. Marshall Service established a search perimeter to find the occupants.

Meanwhile, Virginia State Police say a search of the Acura — which had been reported stolen in Lynchburg — resulted in the recovery of a firearm that had been reported stolen in Winchester.

By Monday night, all four individuals were located and taken into custody through the use of dogs, a VSP helicopter, and lots of manpower, according to police:

  • 21-year-old Malikai Robert-Eliji Crawford of Alexandria, was charged with possession of stolen property (vehicle), possession of a stolen firearm, possession of firearm by convicted felon, possession of concealed weapon, reckless driving and one felony count of eluding police.
  • 19-year-old Reyanna Malikia Foreman of Alexandria, was charged with possession of a stolen firearm.
  • Two juvenile males from Alexandria were charged with numerous offenses, including possession of stolen property (vehicle) and possession of a concealed weapon.

Virginia State Police say Crawford and Foreman are being held at the New River Valley Regional Jail. Meanwhile, according to the Wytheville Police Department, the juvenile males were transported to Bristol Juvenile Detention Center.

The investigation into this incident is reportedly ongoing.

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