Man indicted in I-81 chase

Brandon Deshawn McClaney

WOODSTOCK – A Shenandoah County grand jury has indicted a Washington, D.C., man on a charge of attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and other related felonies.

The charges against Brandon Deshawn McClaney, 31, stem from a chase on Interstate 81 in Shenandoah County on April 24.

Authorities accuse McClaney of fleeing from a traffic stop and leading them for 30 miles on a chase that at times reached speeds of 70 mph to 80 mph during a torrential rainstorm.

At one point, several Virginia State Police cruisers had converged on McClaney and tried to box him in, court filings say. Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office deployed a spike strip – a device designed to deflate tires – as McClaney and the troopers headed toward him, authorities say.

McClaney’s car, a 2011 Mazda CX-7, swerved to avoid the spike strip and hit Dellinger’s cruiser, authorities say. Dellinger received a minor leg injury as he got out of the way of McClaney car, court records say.

Maj. Scott Proctor of the Sheriff’s Office said Monday that McClaney is still being held without bail in the Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail.

“That was a case in which we were fortunate that nobody was seriously injured,” Proctor said.

Other charges against McClaney include malicious assault on a law enforcement officer; attempted malicious injury to a law enforcement officer; two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer; unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; eluding police; and two counts of failing to stop at an accident.

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