Virginia State Police assist in arrest of North Carolina woman following pursuit

    (Virginia State Police)

    WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WSET) -- The Virginia State Police were called to assist in the pursuit of a stolen Jeep Cherokee just before 5 p.m. on December 13.

    The driver of the Cherokee refused to stop after a deputy tried to pull them over on Interstate I-81.

    The pursuit left Wythe County and continued south on I-77 into Carroll County to the 18.5 mile marker.

    The suspect then lost control of the car and ran off the right side of the interstate onto the shoulder and struck a Virginia State Police patrol vehicle.

    The impact caused the patrol vehicle to overturn against the guardrail.

    The driver, 29-year-old Sarah Faye Waddell, was then taken into custody without further incident.

    Waddell is from Salisbury, North Carolina, and has been charged with a felony count of grand larceny of a vehicle, possession of a concealed weapon, possession of marijuana, one felony count of eluding police, and one felony count of destruction of property for the damage to the patrol car.

    Additional charges could be placed after further investigation.

    The Wythe County Sheriff's Offices also placed charges against Waddell.

    The Jeep was carrying three adult passengers, but no one was injured during the chase and crash.

    Virginia State Police Sergeant T.S. Todd sustained minor injuries from the crash and was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. He has already been treated and released, he was wearing his seatbelt.

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