One person arrested, police searching for two others after police chase ends near school

Published: Aug. 11, 2022 at 6:14 AM EDT
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ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - One person has been arrested after a police chase that ended near Penn Forest Elementary School early Thursday morning, according to the Roanoke County Police Department.

Police say they responded to Wood Thrush Trail around 5:30 a.m. for reports of two men, 5′6″ to 5′8″ tall, wearing all black, flashing lights into vehicles and attempting to open them.

A resident in the area reported seeing someone in a white pickup. Officers in the area attempted to perform a traffic stop on the truck, when the driver drove off, initiating a short pursuit that ended near Penn Forest Elementary.

One person ran off, with police catching that person half an hour later on Buck Mountain Road, near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

No names have been released.

Police are still searching for the two men dressed in black. Anyone with information on their whereabouts or the incident is asked to call the Roanoke County Police Department at 540-562-3265

Roanoke County Public School officials said they didn’t expect the incident to impact the first day of school and there were no road delays based on the incident.

“We know what’s going on this morning and we don’t anticipate that this will have any impact on the school, and again I have to stress this incident has absolutely nothing to do with Penn Forest Elementary,” said Chuck Lionberger, director of community relations for Roanoke County Public Schools.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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