Man arrested after fleeing, damaging two state police vehicles

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BLAND COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A Virginia State Trooper suffered minor injuries and a man has been arrested after a highway pursuit ended with two damaged state police vehicles.

According to a statement from the Virginia State Police, the incident occurred around 11:25 a.m. Sunday, when a state trooper attempted to stop a Jeep Grand Cherokee for speeding while traveling south on Interstate 77 in Bland County, near the 52 mile marker.

The Jeep was traveling 89 mph in a 70-mph zone, a VSP spokesperson said. When the Jeep refused to stop for the trooper, a pursuit was initiated.

The pursuit continued south on I-77, during which time the Jeep rammed a VSP vehicle. The pursuit finally ended in the southbound lanes of I-77 near mile marker 29, where the Jeep rear-ended another state police vehicle.

The driver of the suspect vehicle was taken into custody without further incident, VSP stated.

As a precautionary measure, the adult male suspect was transported to a nearby hospital. One state trooper was also transported to a nearby hospital hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Charges are pending, according to VSP.

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