UPDATE 4:34 p.m.: The Roanoke Police Department released new details about an incident that started as a police chase and ended with a crash and a man behind bars Thursday morning.

Authorities say the incident started in the 400 block of Elm Avenue SE when they were performing a routine patrol around 9:50 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4. That’s when officers saw a person in a parked car who they reportedly knew had active felony warrants.

Police then blocked the exit routes as they tried to keep him from driving away. However, 32-year-old Tyler Anthony Jones of Roanoke rammed his car into both police cars and drove away, according to the department.

This led to a high-speed police chase, where Jones had no regard for traffic or other vehicles, authorities say.

Police report that the chase continued until Riverland Road SE near Garden City Boulevard SE, where Jones tried to illegally pass another vehicle that was turning. Jones hit that car and lost control of his own vehicle, which went off the road and rolled several times before coming to a stop, according to authorities.

From there, Jones got out of the car and tried to run away, but officers ran after him, caught him, and took him into custody.

Police say there was an unresponsive passenger in the car Jones hit. Roanoke Fire-EMS brought the woman to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment. First responders also checked out the driver of the other car, but that person was not transported to the hospital.

Officers took Jones to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries. After he was released, police brought him to the Roanoke City Jail, where he faces two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and felony eluding.

The department also states that law enforcement served Jones active warrants for revocation of a suspended sentence on a previous narcotics charge and felony eluding from Roanoke County.

Police say that no Roanoke officers were injured during the incident and that the patrol cars involved are still in service. Per department policy, Virginia State Police will investigate this incident.



ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — There is a large police presence on the southeast side of Roanoke on Thursday morning.

WFXR News has learned that Riverland Road and Garden City Boulevard are closed to 9th Street on Thursday, Aug. 4.

This is a developing story.