By Callie Hietala
A police pursuit that began in Rockingham County, N. C., ended late Monday night in Martinsville on Whittle Road, just off Mulberry Road.
The initial call was a domestic dispute, according to Rockingham County Sheriff’s Lt. Kevin Sutherland. He said a call came in at 8:13 p.m. from a woman alleging that a former boyfriend was attempting to run her vehicle off the road.
Authorities with the Eden Police Department began a pursuit.
The alleged driver, Jonathan Carl Jones, 40, of the Madison, N.C. area, fled, authorities alleged. The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office joined in the pursuit, but both stopped when the pursuit entered Virginia.
Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. M.C. Davis said troopers were notified at 8:54 p.m. that Rockingham deputies were in pursuit. The VSP took over the chase at 8:56 p.m., and at 9:38, the incident ended when the truck finally stopped at the end of Whittle Road. By that time, Davis said, the vehicle was missing both driver’s side tires and one passenger’s side tire.
Jones was taken into custody without incident. Both state police and Henry County deputies were present at the scene.
Sutherland said that once extradited to North Carolina, Jones will be charged with assault with a deadly weapon for allegedly ramming a car with his truck, fleeing to elude arrest, assault of a female, and injury to personal property. Allegedly during the pursuit, one of tires came off the truck and damaged another vehicle.
Davis said that Jones is charged in Virginia with eluding police, reckless driving, and two felony fugitive charges.