Chase in two states end with crash

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By Larry Chambers, Staff


A 29-year-old Galax woman faces several charges following a low-speed pursuit Saturday night that started in Galax, continued into Grayson County and Alleghany County, N.C., and ended back in Galax.
Capt. James Cox of the Galax Police Department said Officer Trevor Jefferson spotted a Ford Mustang parked behind Hillcrest Baptist Church on Virginia 89/South Main Street around 10:15 p.m. on Oct. 12. When he pulled up behind the vehicle, the driver, identified as Amber Blevins, pulled off and headed south on 89.

Cox said the pursuit continued onto Mount Vale Road, Meadow Creek Road and back onto Edmonds Road to N.C. 18. Cox said the driver then turned around and headed back into Virginia on Edmonds Road to 89, where she turned left and headed north toward Galax.
Cox said deputies from the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department put out spike strips at the intersection of 89 and Mount Vale Road. The strips flattened one tire, but the Mustang continued north until it went over an embankment to the left and struck a tree after entering Galax city limits.
Cox estimated that the pursuit was about 15 miles with officers using their sirens and blue lights the entire distance. He said the speed never reached more than 60 mph during the pursuit.
Blevins was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital by Carroll-Grayson EMS where she was still a patient on Monday.
The Galax Volunteer Fire Department also assisted at the scene.
Cox said Blevins would be charged with DUI, trespassing on church property after dark, reckless driving and felony eluding police.