South Carolina woman hospitalized after leading pursuit in far southwest Virginia

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(WFXR) — A woman from South Carolina was airlifted to the hospital Wednesday evening after crashing her vehicle while leading authorities on a pursuit through two southwest Virginia counties.

According to Virginia State Police, shortly after 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, a state trooper tried to pull over a 2007 Toyota Camry for speeding near mile marker 30 along I-81 North in Washington County, but the vehicle did not stop and the state trooper initiated a pursuit.

Police say the Camry continued north on I-81 at a high rate of speed. Once the vehicle reached Smyth County, though, authorities say members of the sheriff’s office deployed tire deflation strips.

Despite the strips causing three of the Camry’s tires to deflate, the vehicle reportedly continued heading north.

At mile marker 47.7 mile marker, Virginia State Police say the Camry crashed into the guardrail.

According to police, the driver — described as a 30-year-old woman from Greer, S.C. — was flown to Bristol Regional Medical Center for treatment.

Both the pursuit and the crash reportedly remain under investigation. 

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