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Monday, July 29, 2013
Police are looking for the driver and passenger of an SUV who reportedly fled from officers and later crashed their car after a Roanoke traffic stop Saturday night.
Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Rob Carpentieri said a trooper and city police officer pulled over a white Chevrolet Equinox on Peters Creek Road near Interstate 581 shortly before 11 p.m. after observing what appeared to be a drug deal. The Roanoke officer was riding with the trooper as part of a partnership between the two agencies, Carpentieri said.
As the officers got out of their vehicle, the driver of the SUV sped off and drove south onto I-581, Carpentieri said. The officers pursued the SUV, which left the interstate at Exit 5 near the Hotel Roanoke.
The officers lost sight of the SUV “briefly,” Carpentieri said. A few minutes later, several 911 callers reported a white SUV had crashed less than two miles away at the intersection of 14th Street and Salem Avenue Southwest. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.
The driver and passenger ran from the SUV and weren’t immediately found despite a search involving a Roanoke police K9, Carpentieri said.
Carpentieri said the SUV may have been rented and that officials have a person of interest in the incident. He declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.
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