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State troopers led on car chase

WINCHESTER -- A suspected drunken driver led authorities on a late-night chase Monday from Frederick County into West Virginia and back again.

Virginia State Police Trooper J.L. Street stopped a 2008 Toyota on Va. 55 in Frederick County about 11 p.m., Sgt. F.L. Tyler said.

The driver, Blake Adam Donaldson, 27, of Winchester, was outside the car for questioning when he abruptly got back in the car and sped away, nearly striking the trooper, Tyler said.

Donaldson led authorities on Va. 55 into West Virginia and onto W.Va. 259, eventually returning to Frederick County, Tyler said.

During the chase, Donaldson struck a state police patrol car, causing about $500 in damage, he said.

Frederick County deputies were able to stop the Toyota by laying a spike strip at U.S. 50 and Carpers Pike, Tyler said.

Donaldson was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit, Tyler said.

Two troopers were treated for minor injuries and released, Tyler said, although he could not say how they were injured. Donaldson also had minor injuries, he said.

Donaldson was traveling alone. He is charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, alluding police, driving on a suspended license, DUI, refusal to take a test and obstruction of justice.

He is held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center without bond.

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