4 arrested after a multi-county high-speed chase in a stolen car ends in Southwest Virginia, police say

Seven law enforcement agencies worked together to find the suspects after they ran away

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. – What started with a car speeding on Interstate 81 on Monday morning ended with authorities recovering a stolen car, a stolen gun and arresting four people, according to Virginia State Police.

Just before 8 a.m., Virginia State Police Sergeant D.D. Johnson running radar clocked an Acura sedan going 99 mph in a 70 mph zone in Pulaski County.

When Johnson went to pull the Acura over, rather than comply, the Acura sped up and Johnson pursued and the Acura reached speeds of up to 120 mph, according to state police.

The pursuit continued into Wythe County, when, police said the Acura exited the highway, entered Wytheville and went south on U.S. Route 21 towards Grayson County.

Eventually, the Acura stopped at the end of Winterplace Lane in Grayson County and the four people inside all ran away.

When authorities searched the Acura, they found a gun inside that had been reported stolen from Winchester, Virginia.

Police also said that the car itself had been reported stolen in Lynchburg.

Virginia State Police, along with six other agencies: the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, Independence Police Department, Smyth County Sheriff’s Office, Galax Police Department, the Alleghany County, N.C., Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshall Service, worked together over the course of several hours to locate all four people and take them into custody.


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