Woman charged after high-speed chase injures Virginia State Trooper

Trooper has been released from the hospital


A 29-year-old woman from North Carolina faces felony charges in connection to a high-speed chase that sent a Trooper to the hospital, according to Virginia State Police. 

State police was asked to help the Wythe County Sheriff's Office around 5 p.m. Thursday with a chase involving a stolen Jeep Cherokee that refused to stop for a deputy on I-81. 

The chase started in Wythe County and went south on I-77 into Carroll County. 

At mile marker 18.5, the Jeep lost control, ran off the right side of the road onto the emergency shoulder and hit a Virginia State Police patrol car, causing the patrol car to overturn against the guardrail. 

The Jeep came to a stop after hitting the patrol car and the suspect, Sarah Waddell, was taken into custody. 

Waddell, of Salisbury, N.C. has been charged with a felony count of grand larceny of a vehicle, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, one felony count of eluding police and one felony count of destruction of property for damage to the patrol car. 

There were three passengers inside the Jeep. The suspect and the passengers were not injured. 

Virginia State Police Sgt. T. S. Todd sustained minor injuries from the crash and was taken to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. He has already been treated and released. 


A state trooper is in the hospital and a suspect is in custody after a high-speed chase, according to the Carroll County Sheriff's Office. 

Authorities say the chase went from Wythe County to Carroll County on I-77 and that the car involved in the chase hit a Virginia State Police car and sent a trooper to the hospital. 

The trooper's condition is not known at this time. 

Deputies say a suspect is in custody, and three others have been detained for questioning. 


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