Two-vehicle crash follows traffic stop
WINCHESTER — A local woman remained hospitalized Wednesday with injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash Monday on Interstate 81 that authorities say was preceded by an attempt to flee from a traffic stop.
Capt. Donnie Lang of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office identified the woman as Jessica Jackson, 30. She was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital after the accident. Lang said he did not know her condition.
A second occupant in the vehicle, Shadrick Crowder, was charged with reckless driving and driving without a license. Crowder, who was initially driving the vehicle, fled on foot after the traffic stop, according to a news release from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
Jackson slid behind the wheel of the stopped vehicle and drove off, Sheriff’s Office officials said.
The incident began around 3 p.m. when a Frederick County sheriff’s deputy stopped the vehicle on the entrance ramp to northbound I-81 at Millwood Pike. Authorities say the driver, later identified as Crowder, left the vehicle. The deputy left his car and began approaching Crowder, but Jackson then moved behind the wheel of the vehicle and drove off, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Crowder began running from the scene, and the deputy returned to his car to give a description of Crowder for radio transmission, authorities said.
As the deputy began to pull onto the road, he saw Jackson’s vehicle travel down the acceleration lane on the interstate, cross over two lanes of traffic and cross over the median strip, the Sheriff’s Office said. Jackson’s vehicle was hit by another vehicle as she tried to re-enter I-81 in the southbound lane, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Lang said Jackson was airlifted to Inova Fairfax after the crash. She has not been charged so far, Lang added. No other injuries were reported.
Lang said Jackson was not being chased “at any time” during the incident, and her motives for fleeing are unknown.
“We haven’t been able to ask her anything, so I’m not sure what her thought process was,” Lang said.
Frederick County sheriff’s deputies and Winchester police found Crowder in Jim Barnett Park. Crowder was taken into custody and held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center. His bail has been set at $3,000 secured bond.
Crowder’s next court date is scheduled for 12 p.m. in Frederick County General District Court.
Crowder has other charges pending as a result of an investigation into heroin trafficking, according to court documents.
A criminal complaint signed by Front Royal police Detective Joshua Tanner states that a confidential police informant bought three grams of heroin for $450 from Crowder on Nov. 4.
Police conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle Crowder was driving after the transaction, according to the complaint.
Crowder fled from the stop and a chase involving the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office ensued, the complaint states.
Crowder “led them on a chase to 7601 Main St. Middletown when he exited his vehicle on foot eluding deputies,” the complaint states.
Law enforcement officials found Crowder in an apartment at 7601 Main St., Middletown, and arrested him, according to the conplaint.,
The complaint states authorities found the money by the confidential informant in Crowder’s vehicle.
Crowder has been charged with distribution of heroin and eluding law enforcement. He is scheduled to appear in general district court at 2 p.m. April 28 on the drug and eluding law enforcement charges.
Crowder’s bail on the heroin and eluding charges was set at $10,000 secured bond.
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