Police Chase Spans Three Counties

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

October 31, 2006

A Louisa County man is behind bars after leading police on a high-speed chase throughout Central Virginia. The driver is apparently no stranger to police, or their chases.

The Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office says 36-year-old Charles Dwayne Allen is a repeat offender. Tuesday morning's chase was the second for Allen. Deputies were trying to stop him for driving under the influence, but instead had to drive into three counties before stopping in Charlottesville. Sheriff's deputies were seen drawing their weapons, and searching the home of a family not involved.

"It was really, really scary you know! The cops came in, and searched my house. They had guns drawn. It's not something you're used to waking up with," said By-stander Larry Vignola.

Larry Vignola was not used to the effects of a car chase, but Charles Dwayne Allen was. The Fluvanna County Sheriff's Office said this was their second chase with Allen.

"It was very scary. You know, I got my wife, and baby in the house. We did not know what was going on, added Vignola.

Deputies knew because they were trying to to stop the 36-year-old for driving under the influence way back in Fluvanna County. The convicted felon currently on probation refused, and continued driving as fast as 65 miles per hour on back roads. The chase went through Fluvanna, Louisa, and Albemarle Counties before it ended with a crash in Charlottesville.

"I personally thought someone was in my house with the radio blasting. The car had the radio blasting, and it sound like the noise was coming from inside my house," said Vignola.

Police searched Vignola's house after seeing Allen's blue Cadillac crash, and not seeing him at the scene. The house on Roy's Place was clear, but not the woods. Sheriff's deputies went into the woods to find Allen, and they did so pretty quickly.

"It was very quick after happened. They had him. They brought him up a few doors, they put him in the van, and that was it," said Vignola.

Charles Allen faces several felony charges ranging from eluding police to possession of a controlled substance. Sheriff's deputies picked up a bag of white powder allegedly thrown from the window of Allen's car.

The rap sheet against Charles Allen now includes five outstanding warrants from the Albemarle County Police Department for credit card fraud, theft, and forgery.

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