Florida man arrested in Lynchburg after pursuit that ended in crash

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Virginia State Police arrested a Florida man following a pursuit that started in Campbell County and ended in Lynchburg.

Shawn M. Camper, 27, of Plant City, Florida, has been charged with two felony counts of hit and run, two felony counts of eluding police, two counts of reckless driving and resisting arrest.

Virginia State Police say a trooper tried to stop Camper after he was caught speeding 83mph in a 60mph zone on Airport Road in Campbell County.

During the pursuit, Camper struck two vehicles, one on Candler's Mountain Road and the second at the intersection of Rivermont Avenue and V.E.S. Road in Lynchburg. No one was injured in the first accident, but the driver of the second accident faced minor injuries.

The trooper then came in contact with Camper's vehicle, ending the pursuit until Camper fled his vehicle on foot. Camper jumped a brick wall and ran into a nearby yard where he was taken into custody by Virginia State Police.

Camper was transported to Blue Ridge Regional Jail.

This is a developing story.


Charges are pending against a driver in Lynchburg, following a pursuit through the city Tuesday morning.

Virginia State Police say a trooper tried to pull over a vehicle on Route 29 in Campbell County, after spotting what the trooper called "reckless driving."

When the trooper tried to initiate a traffic stop, state police say the driver sped away toward Candlers Mountain Road. Troopers say they initiated a pursuit, during which the driver crashed into a vehicle on Candlers Mountain Road.

One person was inside the vehicle that was hit and that person suffered minor injuries, according to state police.

Troopers tell WDBJ7 the vehicle they were pursuing crashed into a car in front of the Oakwood Country Club, causing minor injuries to the person inside the vehicle that was hit.

The pursuit ended at the intersection of VES Road and Rivermont Avenue, state police said. A state trooper stopped the pursuit by crashing a patrol vehicle into the car they were pursuing, according to a trooper at the scene. After the crash troopers say the driver who was being pursued took off on foot, but was later arrested nearby.

State police say a spokesperson from Richmond will issue a statement later about the crash, detailing the name of the driver arrested and the charges they will face.