Wanted Martinsville man arrested after Thursday night car chase in Henry County

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HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A Martinsville man wanted on outstanding charges in three jurisdictions faces new charges after deputies say he tried to run away from a traffic stop in Henry County on Thursday night.

According to the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, a deputing patrolling the Ridgeway area noticed a 2011 Honda Accord with a defective tag light at approximately 10:25 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27. The deputy turned on his lights and siren to conduct a traffic stop, but the vehicle reportedly drove away on U.S. 220 South.

Authorities say the Honda drove between two vehicles stopped in each of the southbound lanes at the intersection of U.S. 220 and State Route 87 (Morehead Avenue), which disabled the Honda and caused it to stop about 100 yards south of State Route 87 (Morehead Avenue). The driver tried to run away from the deputy, but he was reportedly caught after a short distance. The entire pursuit lasted approximately 1.5 miles, according to Maj. Eric Winn.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office says the driver, 31-year-old Dustin Dillon, was charged with felony eluding, driving under the influence of drugs, driving on a suspended license (third offense), and defective equipment.

Dillon also had outstanding charges for failure to appear in Patrick County; contempt of court and two felony counts of failure to appear in Henry County; and driving on a suspended license and possession of heroin, hydrocodone, oxycodone in Martinsville, according to authorities.

Dillon is held without bond in the Henry County Jail. Meanwhile, Dillon’s crash is under investigation by Virginia State Police.

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