Police Chase Sends Woman To Hospital, Man To Jail

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

March 8, 2006

What could have been a simple traffic stop Wednesday morning, turned into something much bigger for one man driving in Charlottesville.

Several police ended up running on foot, but that was not how it started.

An unusual series of events played out after a man was seen driving too fast on Rio road, and was clocked by a police officer running radar.

Chaos began when that man, who allegedly eluded police, ran into an on-coming car in a near-by neighborhood. The woman in the car was taken to the hospital.

It did not end there. An officer approached the driver at what had turned into a crash scene, but the drive ran away from the officer.

"I looked out, and I saw all of these cars...police cars with flashers on. So I said 'what's going on,'" said Frances Lowry who lives near the scene.

"I saw a lot of police cars going up and down the road," said Lottie Hurtt who also lives near the scene.

There were about 10 officers searching for the man who allegedly caused a frenzy in the neighborhood.

Police were not willing to give any specific details, but say the man has been arrested, and is sitting in the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.

Police do not know why the man ran away, but say it could be number of things from criminal history to nervousness.

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