Preliminary hearing scheduled for chase suspect

Brandon Deshawn McClaney

WOODSTOCK – A man charged with 22 counts stemming from a police chase on Interstate 81 was scheduled Tuesday in Shenandoah County General District Court for a preliminary hearing on July 19.

The charges against Brandon Deshawn McClaney, 31, of Arkansas, include attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, three counts of attempted malicious wounding and three counts of assault on law enforcement, all felonies.

McClaney, who appeared in court, has been held without bond in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail since hours after his arrest on the morning of April 24.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office received a leg injury during the chase. Dellinger was trying to set up a tire deflation device at mile marker 271 near Mount Jackson when a 2011 Mazda CX-7 driven by McClaney collided with Dellinger’s vehicle, which was parked off the road.

Dellinger injured his leg while trying to avoid being hit by McClaney’s car, authorities have said.

The chase began when Virginia State Police received information about a car with Washington, D.C., license plates that had been taken without the owner’s permission. A trooper matched the description of the missing car with the Mazda just south of Woodstock and attempted a traffic stop at the Edinburg exit. The car stopped, but then sped away when the trooper left his car to talk to the driver.

The chase, sometimes on local roads, continued south to around New Market where the Mazda turned around and began heading north on I-81.

The fleeing vehicle swerved to miss the tire deflation device, but hit Dellinger’s patrol car. Dellinger, who was outside the vehicle, injured his leg while getting out of the way.

Dellinger was taken to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital for his injuries.

Dellinger said in an interview Tuesday that he missed one day of work as a result of the injury and was still feeling a bit of pain in his leg.

“When he swerved to hit me, he lost control of his vehicle and ran into mine,” Dellinger said.

The patrol car, which received an estimated $4,000 in damage, is still being repaired, Dellinger said.

Authorities also said McClaney hit two state police vehicles, causing up to $1,500 damage each.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com