Man leads police on high-speed chase across 3 counties


By Henri Gendreau

A man led police on a high-speed chase Wednesday across three Southwest Virginia counties.

Apparently, the pursuit from Pulaski County to Roanoke County was on his bucket list.

“He said it was his lifelong dream to run from the police,” Virginia State Police Sgt. Rick Garletts said.

Dejuane Ramel Wilson, 24, of Wakefield was arrested and charged with eluding police. Garletts said more charges could be filed.

About 10:33 a.m., a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro failed to stop on Interstate 81 at the 104 mile marker after a sheriff’s deputy recorded the vehicle speeding in a work zone, according to Garletts.

Virginia State Police took over the pursuit when the Camaro entered Montgomery County. In Roanoke County, at the 132 mile marker, police recorded the vehicle traveling 130 mph.

State police cars in front of and behind the Camaro managed to stop it on the shoulder at the 138.7 mile marker, leading to a slight traffic backup.

At 10:52 a.m., Wilson was taken into custody, Garletts said.

Nobody was injured in the chase.