Police ID driver in single-vehicle collision

The driver in the single-vehicle collision that took place on Interstate 66 on Tuesday night has been identified by Virginia State Police as Earl Christopher Magwood, 40, of Front Royal, said Sergeant F.L. “Les” Tyler, public information officer for the Virginia State Police.

Front Royal Police were involved in a vehicle pursuit of Magwood’s 2010 Mitsubishi when state police got involved.

“Around the 13 mile marker, one of our troopers took the lead on the pursuit,” said Tyler. “The vehicle continued eastbound. Around the 35 mile marker in Fauquier, the vehicle was disabled and then the pursuit was ended.”

Tyler said the vehicle was disabled by way of spike strips. Following the car hitting the spike strips, a PIT (pursuit immobilization technique) was used to incapacitate the vehicle completely.

Tyler said a female passenger was in the collision and was uninjured. Magwood was taken to Fauquier Hospital where he was treated and released to the Fauquier County Magistrate. State police have charged Magwood with felony eluding.

It is unknown if he was charged with additional crimes by Front Royal Police. Visit nvdaily.com for more on this story.

Contact staff writer Nathan Budryk at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or nbudryk@nvdaily.com