Driver leads police on chase

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Officers pursued suspect from Galax into Carroll County

Staff Reports


Christmas Day brought local police a most unwelcome present: a chase through Galax and Carroll County.

“Officers Silverio Gonzales and Jason Hawks observed a vehicle that matched the description given earlier of a suspected intoxicated driver traveling east on Stuart Drive,” said Galax Police Chief Rick Clark. “When Gonzales attempted to stop the vehicle, it fled through the city into Carroll County. The pursuit traveled through the Cliffview Section into the Hebron and Woodlawn sections of Carroll County.”

Carroll deputies took over the pursuit when it had traveled into the county, ending after the driver went on Coulson Church Road (Route 620) and then Honeycutt Dam Road.

The driver, Breanna Rene Blevins, 20, of Galax, was apprehended on Falcon Drive by deputies and Galax police.

“She is charged with reckless driving, felony elude, no operator’s license and defective equipment,” Clark said.

Blevins is being held in the New River Regional Jail without bond.

Other felony arrests last week included:

• Stacey Jerome Sawyers, 29, of Galax, arrested Dec. 19 by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office for felony manufacture, sale or possession of a controlled substance.

“Sawyers was arrested on a capias to answer a direct indictment,” Clark said. “He is alleged to have distributed methamphetamine in June 2016. He was indicted by Detective J.B. Greer.”

• John Christopher Lyles, 35, of Galax, arrested Dec. 20 by Bobbitt and charged with two counts of felony shoplifting by concealing goods valued at $200 or more.

• Jerry Michael Warf, 52, of Woodlawn, arrested Dec. 21 by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office on four counts of felony forgery (not in writing) and two counts of felony larceny by obtaining money by false pretenses.

“Warf was charged by Officer Darrin Alley with uttering forged checks in November and December of this year,” Clark said.