A Virginia State Police trooper crashed early Thursday morning while pursuing a vehicle in Roanoke.
The trooper crashed into a car that was not involved in the chase. The woman in the car was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The incident began around 2 a.m. Thursday when the trooper clocked a vehicle on Interstate 581 in Roanoke traveling 74 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone.
According to Virginia State Police, the trooper tried to pull over the vehicle, which then exited at Orange Avenue. The vehicle, which appeared to be a Chevrolet Blazer, turned onto Madison Avenue during the pursuit. The trooper tried to stop for a stop sign at Madison Avenue and 10th Street, but was unable to. The trooper’s car then hit the vehicle of a 25-year-old Christiansburg woman. She was not involved in the chase.
The impact of the crash sent the woman’s car into a power pole. Both vehicles hit the concrete steps of a vacant home. She was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The car that the trooper tried to pull over has not been located.
Appalachian Power is working to restore power to around 475 customers. Madison Avenue was closed between 10th St. and 11th St., but it is now back open.