UPDATE: Vinton Police Chief Tim Foster said the driver of a car involved in a high speed chase appeared impaired, sparking the chase.
In a press release, Chief Foster said an officer on bike patrol saw a car pull up to the fire lane adjacent to Kroger on Lake Drive Plaza. From there, that officer reportedly saw someone stumble from the passenger side to the driver’s seat.
“The officer approached the vehicle and attempted to speak to the person, who the officer described as displaying signs of impairment,” said Chief Foster.
“Upon initial contact, the driver sped off at a high rate of speed, exiting the parking lot onto the highway.”
Vinton Police started a pursuit, later learning the car was located in Roanoke City. Officers there were not able to stop the car.
Officers said after numerous attempts to end the chase and stop the driver they activated their emergency equipment. The chase headed towards Bedford County. That’s when the driver being chased reportedly lost control and crashed.
The driver was taken to the hospital for treatment. His/her name has not been released.
Authorities are investigating a police pursuit that ended in a crash.
Vinton dispatchers told WFXR News that Vinton police were involved in a pursuit that crossed over into Bedford County shortly after 11 p.m.
The chase ended in a crash on Hardy Road near Beagle Club Road.
Bedford County dispatchers told WFXR News that Hardy Road was blocked off to traffic as of 11:45 p.m.
It’s unclear if anyone was seriously hurt or what led up to the pursuit.