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Two charged after pursuit ends with crash, Martinsville officer injured

MARTINSVILLE, VA – A police pursuit in Martinsville ended with a crash on Sunday evening.

The Martinsville Police Department says it received an alert that a Nissan Altima coming through the city was stolen from Danville.

Officers attempted to stop the Nissan after it was spotted on Memorial Boulevard as it was going toward Commonwealth Boulevard, but the vehicle fled to Lowe's Home Improvement.

Police said as the vehicle was headed back out towards Memorial Boulevard, it lost control, hit a white Ford Ranger in the rear, then struck a concrete bank, and flipped over.

The officers ordered the occupants out of the vehicle, three were detained, and the fourth suspect, Jinez Hairston, 20, of Danville, got out of the vehicle and fled on foot.

An officer grabbed Hairston as he ran by and a struggle ensued, dislocating the officer's finger, according to police.

Authorities said Hairston was gripping a bag at the time of his arrest that contained three firearms, one of which had the serial numbers filed off.

The Nissan was driven by a 17-year-old juvenile from Danville, who was charged with felony attempt to elude, possession of stolen property and driving without a license and was sent to W.W. More Detention Center.

Hairston was charged with obstruction of justice, three counts of illegal possession of concealed weapon, remove/alter serial numbers on a firearm and assault on a law enforcement officer.

The three other passengers were taken into custody, interviewed and released to relatives.

The sheriff's department and the public safety department from Henry County responded.

The Virginia State Police is investigating the crash.

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