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Police: Martinsville man charged after speeding over 100 mph, eluding officers

Brandon Lewis Ramsey of Spencer was charged with felony eluding, reckless driving, running a red light, improper registration, and failing to obtain vehicle registration (Photo: Martinsville Police Dept.)

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WSET) -- A Martinvsille man has been arrested after speeding and causing a police chase, according to the police department.

Police said an officer saw a white Volkswagen speeding, going south on Memorial Boulevard on Thursday around 9 p.m.

The officer attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect initially pulled off the road and then pulled back onto Memorial Blvd. and accelerated.

Police said the officer pursued the vehicle south, out of the city and onto U.S. Route 58 going west.

When entering the Spencer area, police said the pursuit began to encounter other traffic and the suspect was exceeding speeds of 100 mph.

Police said the officer determined that with the extreme speeds and the amount of vehicle traffic, the pursuit was creating conditions that were too dangerous for the public's safety and called off the pursuit.

Although the pursuit ended, officers kept up their investigation and the vehicle was located with help from the Henry County Sheriff's Office and State Police, according to police, and the suspect was identified and arrested.

Brandon Lewis Ramsey of Spencer was charged with felony eluding, reckless driving, running a red light, improper registration, and failing to obtain vehicle registration.

He's being held without bail at the Martinsville City Jail.

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