Charges filed in Carroll chase

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — A 30-year-old Galax man fled from a Carroll County deputy last Friday and ended up crashing at Lead Mines Road, earning him multiple charges, according to Sheriff Warren Manning.
At about 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 14, Deputy Sheriff Mark Dickerson observed a red Isuzu rodeo driving recklessly on U.S. 58.
Dickerson tried to pull the vehicle over, but the suspect headed north on Interstate 77 instead.
“Deputy Dickerson gave chase to the suspect vehicle, which continued into Wythe County with speeds up to 110 mph, with the driver weaving in and out of traffic and using the shoulder of the road,” according to information from the sheriff’s office. “The fleeing vehicle took Exit 24 onto Lead Mines road where he lost control, hitting a stop sign and then sliding into an embankment.”
The suspect tried to restart the vehicle and Dickerson tried to reach in the passenger side window when the suspect drove off.
The deputy was still partially inside the car when the driver took off, the press release said. Dickerson struggled with the driver until he was able to get inside the vehicle and stop it himself.
The suspect fled on foot through a field but Dickerson caught up and arrested him.
As a result of the chase, the deputy charged Joseph Chappell of Galax with felony eluding, distribution of marijuana, assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, driving while intoxicated (third offense), resisting arrest, refusal of blood or breath test, hit and run, driving on a revoked license and reckless driving.
Authorities held Chappell at the New River Valley Regional Jail without bond.