Police: Person wanted in four jurisdictions for drug charges captured following Wytheville police chase

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(Photo: Courtesy Wytheville Police Department)

(Photo: Courtesy Wytheville Police Department)

WYTHEVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — After leading law enforcement on a pursuit through Wytheville — both on wheels and on foot — a person wanted in four jurisdictions for drug charges was captured by a state trooper.

According to the Facebook post from the Wytheville Police Department on Sunday, Aug. 30, Virginia State Police tried to initiate a mid-morning traffic stop in Wytheville. The traffic stop was initiated on a Nissan Sentra displaying a “Farm Use” license plate on the back and having no valid license plate on the front of the vehicle, as required by state law.

However, the driver refused to stop, a pursuit ensued.

While the vehicular part of the pursuit ended after the driver stopped the vehicle close to West Monroe Street, police say the driver got out and ran away. However, a state trooper reportedly followed on foot and caught the driver, Brandon Vicars, 32, a block away on East Main Street.

Vicars was taken to Wythe Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries sustained when he tripped on a curb and fell as he was trying to flee on foot.

Virginia State Police charged Vicars with:

  • One count of obstruction of justice
  • One felony count of eluding police
  • Reckless driving
  • Farm use vehicle violation
  • Failure to obey highway sign
  • Expired inspection sticker
  • Driving an uninsured vehicle
  • Failing to wear a seatbelt

The department says the driver was already wanted in four different jurisdictions for methamphetamine distribution.

Even though the Wytheville Police Department and Wytheville Fire and Rescue responded to assist with the pursuit, all charges related to the pursuit will be reportedly be handled by Virginia State Police.

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