A Maryland resident who is facing several charges for what police say was his involvement in a high-speed pursuit on Interstate 81 had his case on Tuesday advanced to circuit court.
Virginia State Police in March charged Hadari Williams, who was then 24, with felony hit and run, and felony eluding.
Williams on Tuesday appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court before Judge Amy Tisinger and waived his right to a preliminary hearing,
Tisinger then scheduled Williams to appear in Shenandoah County Circuit Court at 2 p.m. May 8.
Tisinger will, however, see Williams in court again.
He is to appear before her for an extradition hearing at 8:45 a.m. May 17.
Law enforcement said that in March Williams, of Owings Mills, Maryland, was involved in a high-speed pursuit, which began in August County.
An officer clocked Williams driving 91 mph in a 70 mph zone. The officer attempted to stop Williams, who was unidentified at the time. Williams increased his speed to more than 100 mph, law enforcement has previously said.
The officer did record the license plate of the Toyota Matrix and ended the pursuit. He sent out a bulletin to notify other officers about the car. Virginia State Police, about an hour later, had Williams in custody.
Williams was taken into custody near Strasburg after he had rear-ended a car driven by Tommy Keeler Jr., a reporter for the Northern Virginia Daily.
Keeler’s car spun into a guard rail and Williams ran from his car into nearby woods.
Williams has a warrant for child abuse and second-degree assault in Maryland, according to online court records. A judge issued a bench warrant for Williams on Nov. 8 for failing to appear in court for a previous eluding charge in which he is accused of abandoning a car and fleeing on foot.