Police chase ends at state line

Area police officers look over the Crown Victoria police cruiser that a wanted suspected backed into outside the New Star Market located on John Marshall Highway in Strasburg on Thursday. Strasburg police Capt. Wayne Sager tried to apprehend the suspect before he led officers in a pursuit into West Virginia. Rich Cooley/Daily

A pair of suspects remained at large Thursday evening after members of the Strasburg Police Department and Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office chased their vehicle down U.S. 55 hours earlier.

According to Capt. Wes Dellinger, of the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began at 12:55 p.m. when a deputy stopped Chad Robinson, 24, and Keri Jo Baker, 20, in a silver 2003 Ford Focus in the 1000 block of Mt. Olive Road in Toms Brook.

After discovering there were two warrants out in Henrico County for Robinson’s arrest, the deputy began to detain him, at which point Baker assisted him in escaping from custody, Dellinger said.

From there, the two fled the scene, with Robinson driving west on Mt. Olive Road. The deputy then put out word to surrounding departments to be on the lookout for the vehicle, Dellinger said.

At 1:13 p.m., a Strasburg Police Department officer saw the vehicle in the 3000 block of John Marshall Highway. When the officer attempted to perform a traffic stop, Robinson rammed the police car, causing roughly $1,000 in damage, according to Dellinger.

Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office Capt. Wes Dellinger, center, interviews Strasburg Police Capt. Wayne Sager, right, as state trooper M.T. Brill looks on following a pursuit for a wanted man. Rich Cooley/Daily

The officer continued pursuit of the vehicle west down U.S. 55 and as it turned into Wardensville Pike.

The chase continued until Robinson crossed the West Virginia State line where the officer terminated pursuit. As of Thursday evening, the two suspects are still at large

The Sheriff’s Office is in the process of obtaining warrants for the arrest of both suspects, Dellinger said.

According to the Henrico County Circuit Court online database, a judge issued a capias on Robinson on Sept. 20 on a charge of vandalism and car theft.

Anyone with any information pertaining to either the vehicle or the suspects’ whereabouts is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 540-465-6100.

Contact staff writer Jake Zuckerman at 540-465-5137 ext. 152, or jzuckerman@nvdaily.com

State trooper M.T. Brill walks past this Crown Victoria police cruiser that received minor damage after a wanted suspect backed in it. Rich Cooley/Daily