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Virginia Trooper Okay After Pursuit, Crash and Fire

By BECKY ROBINETTE WRIGHT, Senior Correspondent | January 21, 2021 | VIRGINIA

Story No. 012121110

Chesterfield, VA - A Virginia State Trooper escaped injury after a traffic stop on I-95 turned dangerous as the subject who was pulled over fled.

Sergeant Dylan Davenport of the state police said that at 5:50 P.M. on January 21st, a Virginia State Police trooper initiated a traffic stop on a 2009 Mitsubishi Galant for expired registration on Interstate 95 north of Willis Road. The Galant initially pulled over. When the trooper exited his patrol car to approach the Galant, the driver fled the scene continuing north on Interstate 95.

The fleeing driver went north on Chippenham and continued to evade troopers, taking the exit for Strathmore Road. In the 6600 block of Strathmore Road, a Virginia Trooper made contact with the fleeing Galant in an attempt to conclude the pursuit. The trooper ran off the road to the right, striking a fence. The patrol vehicle sustained damage to the fuel line, resulting in a vehicle fire. The trooper was able to exit the vehicle safely and was uninjured. The Galant went back north on Strathmore and continued fleeing.

At the intersection of Strathmore and Dundas, the Galant struck a Ford Explorer with two occupants. Troopers were then able to detain the driver.

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