BATH COUNTY, Va. – Reports of a suspicious vehicle led to a nearly 30-minute police chase on Route 600 in Bath County, state police said.
State police said they got a call about a suspicious vehicle involved in a breaking and entering around 2:50 p.m. Saturday.
When a nearby trooper began to respond to the call, he ran the car's license plates and discovered the vehicle was reported stolen from Augusta County. The officer then turned on his emergency lights, and the driver, Kristopher Wingfield, 27, of Crewe, sped away to a campground near Lake Moomaw, police said.
Police said the chase lasted for 20 minutes until Wingfield hit the officer's car. Wingfield then continued to drive toward the Richardson Gorge on Route 603, where he made a sharp turn too fast and hit a bridge. Wingfield backed up and rammed into the officer's car, but his vehicle was pinned in by the officer.
Wingfield and his passenger, Nicole Love, 24, were taken into custody.
During the investigation, police discovered illegal drugs inside the vehicle.
Windfield has outstanding warrants in several jurisdictions and is being held at the Alleghany Regional Jail. In Bath County, state police charged him with one felony count of eluding police, two counts of assault on a police officer using a vehicle, one count of intentional destruction of property, one count of driving on a suspended license, one count of possession of illegal narcotics, one count of vehicle theft and one count of breaking and entering
Love also has outstanding warrants in several jurisdictions. She was transported to a hospital in Roanoke for possible internal injuries. Once hospital workers determined the injuries were not life-threatening, she was taken to the Roanoke City Jail. Love is now being held at the Alleghany Regional Jail. She is charged with one count of vehicle theft and one count of breaking and entering.
The trooper involved in the pursuit was not injured.
The crash is still under investigation.