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Police say man lead them on chase after fleeing traffic stop

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By Staff Reports

Blue Ridge Parkway police and local law enforcement worked together to halt a driver who fled from a park ranger after a traffic stop on June 13, according to police reports.

Zachary Montgomery, 22, of Laurel Fork was operating a Black Honda Civic at 7:16 p.m. last Friday, when he was stopped by an officer employed by the National Park Service (NPS).

According to a statement from Carroll County Sheriff J.B. Gardner, whose department assisted during the incident, Montgomery then fled the scene with the ranger in pursuit.

Carroll County deputies, Virginia State Police troopers and Patrick County deputies assisted during the chase, closing in from all sides.

The chase ended on Terry’s Mill Road, where Montgomery was involved in a collision with another vehicle, according to Gardner.

No further information was available from Carroll County reports, and NPS officials were unavailable for additional comment at press time.

Montgomery was charged with reckless driving with resisting arrest, driving under a revoked or suspended license, reckless driving and felony eluding of a police officer.

He was transported to New River Valley Regional Jail pending an appearance in Carroll County General District Court.