Chase and Manhunt End in Arrest

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

June 12, 2007

A chase and manhunt through Charlottesville ends with one man in custody.

Police said it started with a call to 911 that two men in a maroon SUV allegedly threatened to shoot someone.

When police spotted the car, it took off on a 10-minute chase through Belmont.

“A maroon truck or Expedition came flying in front of my house and police were coming behind him. They were going fast," said witness Wayne Crawford. "They looked they were going to turn over when they came around the curb.”

The truck ended up stuck in the woods off Quarry Road. A foot pursuit ensued for the two men inside that truck. Police set up a perimeter from Route 20 to Route 64 and down Avon Street. For one and half hours, they hunted the two men inside the truck.

“One of the officers on the perimeter spotted the driver wet and muddy coming up Avon Street as he tried to get through the perimeter, and he was stopped and arrested,” said Charlottesville Police Lt. Gary Pleasants

The man arrested was 24-year-old Darnell Minor. He faces four charges, including eluding police and possession of a stolen vehicle and tags.

Authorities said this guy no stranger to the law. They believe he just got out of prison not long ago on drug charges.

Police called off their search for that second suspect, the passenger. They said they know who he is, but he will not be charged.

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