BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Authorities arrested a Roanoke man Tuesday night following a high-speed vehicle pursuit that started in Botetourt County and ended in Roanoke County.
According to the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office, just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, a deputy patrolling the county’s northern section spotted a red Ford Mustang driving erratically, swerving between the lanes, and straddling both lanes of traffic while heading south on U.S. Route 220.
Growing suspicious that the motorist might be impaired, the deputy turned on the vehicle, watching as the vehicle made an abrupt lane change turning onto Brugh’s Mill Road and accelerated at a high rate of speed.
Then, as the deputy caught up with the vehicle, the driver started turning the headlights on and off, at which time the deputy activated his emergency equipment to try to stop the vehicle.
However, authorities say the driver refused to stop, turned off the vehicle’s headlights again, got on I-81 from the 156-exit, and continued to drive erratically, exceeding 100 mph.
According to the sheriff’s office, Virginia State Police assisted in the pursuit and deployed spike strips around mile marker 146 of I-81.
The pursuit eventually ended on I-581, but the driver reportedly refused to exit the vehicle. As a result, a K-9 was deployed to remove the the driver from the vehicle before he was brought to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment, officials say.
Authorities say 40-year-old Justin Denver Grant was charged with felony eluding, D.U.I., driving while suspended, possession of a controlled substance, obstruction, and assault on law enforcement. In addition, Grant was summonsed with expired inspection and failure to obey highway markings.
The sheriff’s office says Grant is currently being held without bond at the Botetourt-Craig Regional Jail.