Police continue search for armed and possibly dangerous suspect

Shawn Tolbert, 42, of Burkeville, wanted on multiple charges including felony eluding.
Shawn Tolbert, 42, of Burkeville, wanted on multiple charges including felony eluding.(Virginia State Police)
Published: Aug. 15, 2022 at 9:14 AM EDT
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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Virginia State Police are searching for a suspect accused of eluding a state trooper and assaulting deputies.

The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office asked state police to look out for a vehicle they say was involved in a theft August 11 of lottery tickets at a gas station. With little information to go on, a trooper tried to pull over the driver of a car that matched the description of the thief’s vehicle. The car seen by the trooper was driven by 42-year-old Shawn Tolbert of Burkeville. When the trooper turned on his lights, Tolbert refused to stop and drove away, according to investigators. The chase continued into Craig County, where Tolbert wrecked the vehicle he was driving. Tolbert ran off and has remained wanted since the crash.

Police say an investigation found the vehicle Tolbert was driving was not the vehicle suspected in the lottery theft, and Tolbert is not a suspect in the lottery theft. He is, however, wanted for three counts of felony eluding and three counts of reckless driving. Additional charges have been placed by the Craig County Sheriff’s Office for criminal trespassing, obstruction, false identification, and two counts of felony assault on a police officer.

State police say he is the man being sought in Craig County since last week. Police say Tolbert is 5′10″ with brown hair and hazel eyes. Police believe he changed clothes and has been living in the woods trying to elude them. He is believed to be armed and may be dangerous if threatened.

You’re asked to call 911 if you see him or have information about his whereabouts.

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