Va. man charged after police chase

FRONT ROYAL — A vehicle chase Friday afternoon ended with a Woodstock man under arrest and facing charges of felony eluding of police and driving under the influence of a drug.

The defendant, John Jacob Shrum, 38, of 1292 Ox Road, was hospitalized after resisting arrest and being Tasered, police said. Shrum was released from Winchester Medical Center Saturday morning and taken to the Rappahannock, Warren and Shenandoah Regional Jail where he is being held without bond.

Front Royal master police officer Steve Mauck chased Shrum for at least 10 miles. A criminal complaint written by Mauck states that the chase began when he noticed an SUV “riding on my bumper” as he drove north on North Royal Avenue. Mauck pulled into the right lane, and the SUV passed him, the complaint states.

The SUV “almost flipped on its side” as it took a turn at North Royal Avenue and 14th Street, Mauck wrote.

The SUV headed west in the left lane on 14th Street at what Mauck described as a high rate of speed. The SUV cut off a car in the right lane and made what Mauck called “a last second” right turn onto North Shenandoah Avenue. Mauck turned on his emergency lights and followed the SUV at what he said were speeds of around 60 mph in a 35 mph zone.

The chase continued north on U.S. 522 until the SUV rolled over a spike strip set on the pavement by deputies from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

In an interview, Mauck said the right rear wheel of Shrum’s SUV struck the spike strip near Dinosaur Land.

“He kept driving on the rim until it started to fall apart,” Mauck said of Shrum’s vehicle.

Mauck estimated the chase lasted 10 to 15 miles.

Mauck said he arrived at the scene to find two Frederick County deputies and one Warren County deputy trying to take Shrum into custody.

Shrum was on the ground and placing his hands and arms underneath his body where the deputies couldn’t reach them, Mauck said.

Mauck said he used his Taser twice — once without prongs and once with prongs, which are small electrodes connected to the main part of the device through conductive wire.

Mauck said the Taser’s prongs “did not make 100 percent contact with the skin” and were only “half effective” against the defendant.

“He pretty much gave up after that,” Mauck said of Shrum. “Several other officers arrived at the scene and were able to get his arms behind his back and cuff him.”

Mauck said Shrum had “road rash on his forehead” from resisting arrest on the pavement.

Shrum was taken to Winchester Medical Center “just as a precaution to make sure he didn’t have a concussion, plus he was disoriented and lethargic,” Mauck said.

Mauck’s criminal complaint states that Shrum “had very slow speech and could not follow verbal commands without being told several times.”

Mauck said he could smell no alcohol on the defendant.

Shrum was also charged with operating a vehicle on a suspended or revoked driver’s license.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or

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