Roanoke Man Arrested on Heroin Charges Following Police Chase, Two Crashes
Roanoke, VA - Police have arrested a Roanoke man they say led them on a chase, who then crashed twice after police had already called the chase off due to safety concerns Saturday night.
According to Roanoke Police Spokesperson Scott Leamon, Roanoke Police tried pulling over Damon Terelle Reynolds, 28, in the 1000 block of Lafayette Boulevard around 9:53 p.m.
Reynolds, who police say was wanted on felony warrants for distribution of heroin, wouldn't stop and a chase began. The chase went on for four minutes, until officers terminated the chase due to safety concerns.
Leamon said when the chase was terminated, the officer immediately turned off all emergency equipment and pulled over on the side of Salem Turnpike and Caldwell so the suspect would be aware officers were no longer in pursuit of Reynolds.
Meanwhile, another officer was traveling east on Salem Turnpike had been in the area but was not involved in the pursuit. The second officer did not have emergency equipment activated.
Reynolds passed the second officer from behind and the officer did not activate emergency equipment or attempt to pursue Reynolds due to the termination of the chase.
The officer observed that Reynolds continued down Salem Turnpike toward the intersection of Westwood.
The officer continued east on Salem Turnpike and noticed that Reynolds' vehicle had been involved in a traffic crash with a westbound vehicle at the intersection.
Reynolds was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries, Leamon said. The occupant of the westbound vehicle was not transported to the hospital.
While officers were investigating the crash at Salem Turnpike and Westwood, additional officers were dispatched to a hit and run farther east on Salem Turnpike, away from the crash scene, Leamon said.
Once arriving on the scene of the hit and run, police say they found the victim's vehicle parked in the parking lot of a business past the Salem Turnpike and Westwood intersection.
Two passengers in the victim's vehicle were transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Police later determined that Reynolds had struck the two prior to striking the second vehicle at Salem Turnpike and Westwood, then Reynolds' vehicle veered into the westbound lane, striking the second vehicle.
The victims of the hit and run had apparently continued east on Salem Turnpike, past the crash scene, pulling into a parking lot before calling police and were not at the original crash location.
Reynolds has been released from the hospital and charged with two felony warrants of distribution of heroin as well as felony to elude police.
Reynolds was taken to the Roanoke City Jail.