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BREAKING NEWS: Charges filed after pursuit
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Derrick Ray Ingram

Friday, September 5, 2014

A local man was charged with reckless driving and felony eluding police after a pursuit ended in a wreck Thursday night, according to a news release from the Martinsville Police Department.

The incident began around 11:36 p.m. Thursday, when an officer approached a pickup parked at Lester Home Center on Liberty Street, the release said. The officer saw a man slumped over in the seat and approached the pickup, it said.

As the officer approached, the driver woke and the vehicle left the parking lot, the release said.

The pickup pulled onto Liberty Street, allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, and the officer activated his blue lights in an effort to stop the vehicle, the release said. The pickup made a right turn onto Clearview Drive, where the officer activated his sirens.

The pickup then turned left onto Barrows Mill Road, left onto Greyson Street, right onto Covington Street and left onto Kings Mountain Road. according to the release. It then returned to the city via Liberty Street, the release said.

From Liberty Street, the truck turned right onto Commonwealth Boulevard and left onto Market Street, where it continued to Mulberry Road. The pickup struck a utility pole in the 600 block of Mulberry Road, where it then collided with a marked police cruiser, the release said.

The driver allegedly tried to flee the scene on foot but was apprehended, the release said.

The officer who was in the police cruiser that was involved was treated at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville and released, it added.

Derrick Ray Ingram, 34, of Inman Street, Martinsville, was charged with felony eluding and reckless driving and was given a $1,500 bond, said the release.

Assisting with the incident were the Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, Martinsville Fire and EMS, Martinsville Public Works and the Martinsville Electric Department.


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