High-speed Rockingham Co. chase ends in fatal crash

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. — A high-speed chase between an officer and another driver ended early Friday morning with a fatal crash.

Rockingham County Sheriff’s Deputy J. Richardson stated he was on patrol Thursday night around 11:50 p.m. in Stoneville when he saw a suspicious vehicle.

As he approached, the black Ford F-150 sped off. The chase continued when the deputy tried to initiate a traffic stop.

The chase ended when the truck entered Virginia.

Later in the morning, Deputy Richardson saw the same vehicle driving erratically on Martinsville Loop in Rockingham County.

Again, he tried to stop the vehicle but the suspect fled at a high rate of speed towards Virginia.

Due to the driver’s blatant disregard for public safety, the deputy was given permission to pursue the chase into Virginia.

During the chase on U.S. 220 in Virginia, the driver was traveling northbound in the southbound lane and hit another vehicle head-on, killing occupants in both vehicles.

The deputy was not injured.

The crash is under investigation.

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