December 2, 2010
The manhunt for two men who fled after being pulled over by a Virginia State Police cruiser on Route 151 in Afton was suspended shortly after 1pm Thursday afternoon. While the suspects have not been apprehended, VSP Spokesperson Corinne Geller says there is no reason to believe the two males pose any danger to the public.
Rockfish River Elementary School was placed under lockdown and Sheriff David Brooks says deputies will remain at the school until children leave for the day.
Geller says the search began after a Virginia State Police Trooper attempted to stop a red 1980 Ford pickup truck along Route 151 near Route 784 in Nelson County around 9:30am Thursday morning for an expired inspection sticker. Once the trooper activated his lights, the pickup truck pulled up into a private driveway, and the driver and a passenger fled on foot. A second passenger remained with the pickup truck and was detained for questioning. He was cited for failure to wear a seatbelt and then released.
Police say the truck rolled backward into the State cruiser when the driver bailed from the vehicle. The trooper was not injured and the cruiser suffered minor damages. Alcohol and a small amount of marijuana were found inside the pickup truck.
Nelson County authorities used tracking dogs and a police helicopter to search for two suspects who ran into a field and disappeared from sight.
State Police are following up on leads to confirm the identity of the two suspects. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Virginia State Police Appomattox Division at 434-352-7128.