Two arrested after pursuit, crash on I-581 in Roanoke

The Elm Avenue exit was closed temporarily due to police activity

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ROANOKE, Va.UPDATE - Friday, June 2

Virginia State Police said a trooper stopped a Hyundai at 6:04 p.m. Thursday for Improper Registration on Burrell Street in the City of Roanoke.

The trooper approached the vehicle and identified the occupants, and as the trooper was returning to his police vehicle, we’re told the Hyundai sped away.

Police said a pursuit ensued and continued onto Orange Avenue, and then onto Interstate 581 south. The vehicle exited the interstate at Elm Street and crashed into two vehicles stopped in traffic.

According to authorities, 38-year-old Jason David Perrin, and 32-year-old Hillary Jewel Minnick were taken into custody at the scene of the crash.

Police said Perrin was wanted for 8 active warrants out of Franklin County, and was also charged with Felony Elude, Possession of Methamphetamine, Improper Registration, Expired State Inspection and Driving while DUI Revoked.

Minnick was charged with Obstruction of Justice, Possession of Heroin and Possession of Methamphetamine, authorities said.

Both were taken to the Roanoke City Jail.


A man and a woman are in custody after a police pursuit led to a crash on I-581 in Roanoke Thursday evening, according to Virginia State Police.

Police said the man was wanted on felony warrants out of Franklin County.

As we reported previously, the police activity was causing delays on I-581 in the Elm Avenue area. The highway and the exit have both reopened.

Other details were limited, but 10 News is working for you to learn more.

Stay with 10 News as this story develops


A police pursuit led to a crash on I-581 in Roanoke on Thursday evening, according to Roanoke Police.

RPD’s PIO, Caitlyn Cline, told 10 News the suspect in the pursuit crashed, and there were no major injuries.

According to Roanoke Police, I-581 has reopened, but the Elm Avenue exit is still closed.

Police ask that you avoid using the exit and find another route.

Police activity on I-581 (Credit: VDOT) (WSLS)


If you’re heading south on I-581, you might want to find a different route.

According to VDOT, drivers can expect delays due to police activity at mile marker 0.

As of 6:44 p.m., the south left shoulder, left lane, and center lane are closed.

10 News is working for you to learn more and has reached out to Roanoke Police for more information.

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