The Warren County Sheriff’s Office charged a Front Royal man following a police pursuit Tuesday.

Robert Dewayne Butler, 40, was charged with eluding or disregard of a police signal as well as reckless driving endangering life and limb, according to public court and jail records.

Sgt. Robert Mumaw said the office was advised just after 1 p.m. Tuesday of a reckless driver on 522 North passing Lake Frederick and heading south toward Warren County.

Deputy Paul Brenner saw Butler at the intersection of Crooked Run and Winchester Road passing traffic before going over a curb and continuing on. Brenner attempted to stop Butler, who continued onto Interstate 66 westbound at a high rate of speed, Mumaw said.

A nearby state police vehicle joined Warren County in an attempt to stop Butler. Mumaw said it is possible that for a short time during the pursuit Butler got up to about 90 miles per hour.

Butler crashed into an embankment in the median and was taken into custody without incident, Mumaw said. He noted that interstate traffic was light at the time of the chase.

A small amount of suspected drugs were found in Butler’s vehicle and has been sent to a lab for testing. Mumaw said it is possible that more charges could be pending for Butler, including possession of a controlled substance.

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