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High Speed Police Chase - June 23

On June 26, 2007 at approximately 4:13 am ,Waynesboro Police responded to a 911 call received from an apartment at 901 4th street for a reported burglary in progress and auto theft.

The caller gave a description of the vehicle and while enroute an officer observed this vehicle turn into the ally behind Easy Mart off of 4th Street. The officer followed the car, which was a tan Hyundai, into the ally and the driver accelerated rapidly in an attempt to elude. The Hyundai left the ally turning onto North Winchester Ave. and then heading north on N. Delphine as the officer pursued. Leaving the city on route 340 N, the suspect vehicle reached speeds in excess of 100 mph and continued to attempt to elude the officer by passing several vehicles on the double yellow line just past the Dooms area. This continued into and through the Grottoes town limits until the vehicle entered into a curve just past Jackson’s Way where the driver intentionally struck the guard rail head on.

The pursuing officer approached the crash and found the suspect breathing but unresponsive in the front seat of the Hyundai. Rescue, Fire and the Virginia State Police responded to the scene, and the suspect, who had regained consciousness, was treated and transported to Rockingham Memorial Hospital. He made several statements to police and rescue personnel declaring that he was attempting to commit suicide by crashing the car.

The driver was identified as Mark Jason Meriweather, 33 years of age, of Parkway Villiage Apts. Apt. T-3.

Meriweather has been charged by Virginia State Police with DUI, Reckless Driving and Driving while Revoked related to the crash in Rockingham County. Waynesboro Police will seek warrants for the suspect at a later time to include Felony Eluding among others.

The Investigation continues relating to the alleged burglary and theft due to the domestic history of the victim and suspect.

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