State Police arrested a Tennessee man Tuesday evening after he led a state trooper on a high-speed chase.
According to court documents, Virginia State Police were on the lookout for a stolen Ford F-250 pickup truck with Tennessee plates Tuesday when a trooper saw the truck heading southbound along the I-81 shoulder at the 286-mile marker south of Toms Brook. The trooper wrote that he turned on his lights and siren to stop the driver, who continued to drive along the shoulder, passing other cars at speeds near 100 mph.
The trooper wrote that he followed the vehicle off the interstate when it exited at mile marker 279 at Edinburg where the driver, later identified as Laroy Dunlap, 38, of White Bluff, Tennessee, continued to pass other cars while crossing over double solid lines.
Eventually, police wrote, Dunlap crashed the truck at the intersection of Stoney Creek and Wakemans Grove Road. The trooper reported he saw a man exit the truck and run into the woods. The trooper also reported that he saw that the man was armed with a pistol.
While some information about the incident was available from court records, the Virginia State Police did not file the second half of the criminal complaint against Dunlap by Wednesday afternoon. Clerks at the court said there was a second half to the complaint they hadn’t received.
According to court documents, Dunlap is on probation in Tennessee and has a criminal history dating back to 2004.
Dunlap is a lifelong resident of Tennessee, court documents show and has no ties to Virginia or the area. The magistrate judged that Dunlap was a “significant” flight risk and determined he was likely to obstruct justice if given the opportunity.
Police charged Dunlap with two counts of grand larceny, one count of eluding police, one count of driving without a license, one count of reckless driving and one count of a non-violent felon possessing a firearm.
Dunlap appeared in court on Wednesday morning and will appear again in Shenandoah County General District Court at 9 a.m. Friday. He is being held without bond at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren County Regional Jail.