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A motorist eluded capture for about 22 minutes before exiting the vehicle and fleeing.
Friday, June 28, 2013
Roanoke police were led on a semi-high-speed chase all over the city Friday evening that ended with a suspect in custody.
A Virginia state trooper and a Roanoke police officer were together when they pulled over a Toyota Corolla for a traffic violation when the car sped away from the officers, according to Virginia State Police Sgt. J.L. Alfice.
Alfice said this happened shortly after 5:30 p.m. in the 1700 block of Melrose Avenue. The Toyota then weaved around the city on several different streets, driving through parts of northwest Roanoke and on Grandin Road before getting on Franklin Road past Tanglewood Mall.
Around the intersection of Tennessee Avenue and Westside Boulevard, the suspect threw something out of the car, but officers were unable to discover what it was, according to Alfice.
Alfice said the speed of the chase ranged from hitting slow speeds of about 30 mph to possibly 70 mph at one point. The chase lasted about 22 minutes before the Toyota stopped in the 5300 block of Downing Street in Roanoke County and the driver got out and fled.
Alfice said there was a foot pursuit for a few minutes before the suspect was taken into custody.
Jamie Boudreaux, 42, of Salem was arrested Friday and charged with driving with a suspended license, felony eluding police, possession of a schedule III drug, possession of drug parapher na lia and driving the wrong way down a street, according to Alfice.
Alfice said there was a passenger in the Toyota who was not arrested or charged with anything.
Even though the chase happened in several areas of heavy traffic, Alfice said he had not heard that any traffic conditions were affected by it. There was a vehicle crash on Franklin Road about the same time, but Alfice said the incident was unrelated.
The trooper said there were no injuries.
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