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23-year-old man charged after high speed chase ends with a crash in Martinsville

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

MARTINSVILLE, VA – A high speed chase ended with a crash and two people were sent to the hospital on Tuesday night.

At 8:55 p.m., state police say they attempted to stop a 2020 Jeep Cherokee that was involved in a drag race with a motorcycle.

The Jeep sped away leading police through the neighborhood of Patsy Avenue in Collinsville and eventually to Virginia Avenue where speeds reached 96 miles per hour, according to police.

The SUV crashed into a white Chrysler sedan at the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and Fayette Street in Martinsville.

The driver of the sedan were transported to Sovah Heath in Martinsville for injuries received in the crash.

The Jeep continued rolling after the collision and came to a stop in the Womack Electric Supply parking lot.

The driver then ran away from the scene and was located by a K9 dog from the Martinsville Police Department, according to state police.

23-year-old Jevon Vernarda Thomas of Greensboro, NC was the driver of the Enterprise rented SUV and has been charged by both city and state police.

Thomas, who was driving with a suspended license, was charged with reckless driving, felony elude and felony hit and run.

He was taken to the hospital for injuries from the crash and underwent an alcohol screening. The results are still pending, police told BTW21 News on Thursday.

Police said narcotics were located inside the vehicle and the total weight could determine additional charges.

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