Police arrest Timberville man after car, foot chase

Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Virginia State Police arrested Joshua Ryan Litten, 32, of Timberville, Monday afternoon after a car chase that ended on railroad tracks near Turkey Knob Road in the Mount Jackson area.

According to Sgt. F.L (Les) Tyler of the state police and Rockingham deputies attempted to pull Litten over in Rockingham County just before 5 p.m. for probation violation charges but Litten refused to stop. Litten then traveled northbound on U.S. Highway 11 at “high speed.”

State police trooper K. R. Howard was north of the chase and was able to pull out in front of Litten, attempting to bring the suspect’s vehicle to a halt with a rolling stop. Litten instead exited onto state Route 263 westbound, where he crashed his vehicle into the guardrail.

Litten then swung his vehicle around and traveled on Route 236 eastbound where he collided with a vehicle heading in the opposite direction. The driver of the other vehicle was transported to the nearest hospital and released that same night.

Abandoning his vehicle, Litten ran up an earthen bank and along the nearby railroad tracks. A foot chase ensued and police eventually captured Litten.

Litten is being held at Rockingham County Jail without bond. He faces charges of reckless driving, felony eluding and probation violation.

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