Virginia State Police say a high speed chase on I-66 has ended on Rt. 29 in Fauquier County and the driver has been taken into custody. Austin Griffith resisted a traffic stop, speeding away along I-66, and later tried to escape police after his truck had been stopped. He was charged with DUI, drug possession and a felony count of eluding police.
Another driver called police around 8:30 p.m. because he was concerned about the erratic driving behavior of a red 1996 Ford pickup truck traveling west on I-66, police said in a statement. A state police trooper was able to get behind the truck and initiated a traffic stop. The pickup eventually stopped on the shoulder of I-66 at Route 29/Centerville.
As the trooper walked up to the pickup truck, the driver sped away at high speed. During the pursuit, the truck crossed into the eastbound lanes at one point, going the wrong way on I-66.
The driver of the pickup eventually got off onto Route 29. State police deployed stinger spikes across the roadway in Fauquier County. The spikes deflated all four tires and the truck came to a rolling stop on Route 29 just north of Route 600.
The driver of the pickup then fled on foot. He was apprehended without incident by state police troopers within minutes.
Austin A. Griffith, 31, of Amissville, Va., has been taken to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. He's been charged with DUI, driving on a revoked license because of a previous DUI conviction, felony count of eluding police, multiple drug possession charges, and for possessing drug paraphenalia.