Man driving stolen car arrested after crashing into telephone pole in Lynchburg

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A man driving a stolen car crashed into a telephone pole in Lynchburg Monday morning.

Just before 7 a.m., Lynchburg police took a report that a 2005 Kia Amanti had been stolen from the 2100 block of Rivermont Ave. Officers were not able to find the car at that time.

Around 9 a.m., police received information that the car was recently spotted in the Rivermont Ave. area. Within minutes, officers patrolling that area saw the car near Rivermont and Bedford Ave. and attempted to pull the driver over.

The driver sped off and lost control in the 1500 block of Monsview Place, hitting a telephone pole.

Both the pole and the car were badly damaged, but no one was hurt.

Nineteen-year-old Lynchburg resident Jamel Malik Jennings was charged with grand larceny, felony eluding police, reckless driving, and driving while having a suspended license.

Jennings is being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail.


Lynchburg police are responding to a crash that took out a utility pole on Monday morning.

It happened just before 9:30 a.m. on Monsview Place, which is off of Bedford Ave.

No one was hurt.

The driver was taken into custody on unknown charges.

We expect to have more information within the hour. Check back for updates.