Chase suspect charged with attempted capital murder

Brandon Deshawn McClaney

An Arkansas man apprehended by police on Interstate 81 on Saturday morning is facing 22 charges, including one of attempted capital murder, after an officer with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office was injured.

Brandon Deshawn McClaney, 31, of Little Rock, Arkansas, was captured by police after being forced to stop on Interstate 81 near mile marker 271 near Mount Jackson. Other charges he faces include multiple counts of reckless driving, assault on law enforcement and attempted malicious injury on law enforcement.

Sgt. F.L. “Les” Tyler, a spokesman with the Virginia state police, said that troopers were advised to be on the lookout for a silver 2011 Mazda CX-7 with Washington, D.C., license plates on Saturday morning. Shortly after the notice, one officer identified such a vehicle headed south on I-81 and attempted a traffic stop, but the driver took exit 279, later returning to the interstate.

Tyler said the suspect vehicle continued south before he turned around at a crossover at mile marker 260 and then proceeded north.

Maj. Scott Proctor, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, said that Sheriff’s Office Capt. Wesley Dellinger responded to a request for assistance from state police to set up a tire deflation device to aid apprehension. Tyler said the driver of the suspect vehicle collided with the Sheriff’s Office vehicle while trying to avoid the deflation device.

Proctor said the fleeing vehicle almost hit Dellinger.

“As he was trying to avoid being struck, he received a lower leg injury, and that was a result of trying to get out of the way,” Proctor said.

Proctor said Dellinger was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for his injuries and was later released.

“I believe he’ll be cleared for duty,” Proctor said.

Tyler said McClaney struck two state police vehicles, causing up to $1,500 in damage each. Damage to the Sheriff’s Office vehicle amounted to about $3,000. Tyler said no one with the state police was injured.

McClaney, who told police he was living in Washington, D.C., is being held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail and is scheduled for a continued arraignment in Shenandoah General District Court on May 10.

Contact staff writer Rachel Mahoney at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rmahoney@nvdaily.com