A man found guilty of leading authorities on a high-speed chase into Shenandoah County and causing a car crash remains in jail on related charges out of another locality.
Hadari Rahaul Williams, 25, of Owings Mill, Maryland, stands charged in Harrisonburg-Rockingham General District Court with felony eluding law enforcement as a principal in the second degree, reckless driving with speeds in excess of 80 mph and operating a motor vehicle without a driver’s license. Williams is scheduled to appear in the court July 25.
Williams also stands charged in Augusta County General District Court with one count of felony eluding law enforcement as a principal in the second degree. He is scheduled to appear in the court there on Dec. 19.
Williams remains in custody at Rockingham Harrisonburg Regional Jail.
Williams led law enforcement on a March 4 pursuit that began in Augusta County and continued through Rockingham County. A law enforcement officer clocked Williams traveling 91 mph in a 70-mph zone and at one point increased speed in excess of 100 mph, according to authorities. An officer recorded the license plate, ended the pursuit and notified other officers about the car.
The pursuit ended in Shenandoah County when the Toyota Matrix rear-ended a car driven by Tommy Keeler Jr., a reporter for the Northern Virginia Daily, authorities have said. The collision caused Keeler’s vehicle to spin into a guard rail. Williams ran from his car into the nearby woods. Virginia State Police caught Williams and took him into custody near Strasburg, according to authorities.
A grand jury indicted Williams in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on May 8 on charges of failing to report a vehicle crash with damage valued at more than $1,000, eluding law enforcement, three counts of reckless driving and driving without a license.
Williams pleaded guilty May 29 to four of his Shenandoah County charges. A judge sentenced Williams to three years with two suspended for felony failure to report a crash; 10 months in jail, none suspended, for one count of reckless driving; three years with three years suspended for eluding law enforcement; 12 months with all the time suspended for a second count of reckless driving. The court dismissed Williams’ remaining charges of driving without a license and a third count of reckless driving at the request of the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Williams appeared in Shenandoah County General District Court and waived his right to an extradition hearing. He was wanted on more than a dozen traffic violations in Baltimore County District Court in Maryland. A clerk in that court said Williams had failed to appear for his last scheduled hearing on the charges.