Mount Jackson man indicted for auto theft

Donald Fox III

Donald Fox III

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County Circuit Court grand jury indicted Donald Fox III, 19, of Mount Jackson, on Friday on three counts of auto theft and one count of failure to report an accident stemming from a Jan. 16 incident.

Authorities say Fox stole multiple vehicles and fled to Kentucky, where he led police on an extended chase that reached speeds of up to 128 mph.

According to court documents, New Market Police Officer M.W. Breeden was dispatched to 9524 Cadet Road on Jan. 16 for the larceny of a 1990 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. The homeowner, David Jenkins, told Breeden that Fox had stolen a car earlier that morning, crashed it at the top of New Market Mountain and fled on foot to Jenkins’ residence, where he stole the Silverado.

The vehicle was found later that morning at the home of Randy Lonas at 7467 S. Middle Road in Mount Jackson. Court records say Lonas called the police, stating that Fox had stolen his car and left the Silverado in his driveway.

Fox was arrested in Laurel County, Kentucky, on Jan. 19. He was driving a stolen 1996 Toyota Camry when he ran a red light and hit another vehicle, police say. He proceeded to continue driving the vehicle until it gave out due to damage, and then fled on foot.

When a police officer began chasing Fox on foot, he jumped into the officer’s squad car and fled the scene, according to authorities. He then led members of the Kentucky State Police and Laurel County Sheriff’s Department on an extended, high-speed chase before being caught and subdued.

Fox was reported by police to be “under the influence and told officers he would have done whatever it took to elude police.”

Fox was detained in Kentucky until recently, when he was extradited to Shenandoah County, where he is now being held without bail.

Contact staff writer Hilary Legge at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or

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