HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A man suspected of shoplifting from a Walgreens wrecked his vehicle while being pursued by police Saturday afternoon, a Henrico County Police press release said.
At 7:15 p.m., Henrico Police responded to a call about shoplifting that occurred at the Walgreens at White Oak Mall on Laburnum.
The suspect’s vehicle was described to officers.
Shortly thereafter, police located the vehicle traveling on Nine Mile Road and attempted to pull the suspect over. The vehicle’s driver refused to stop and sped away.
During the chase, the vehicle’s driver lost control of his car and hit a fire hydrant, an iron fence, and multiple trees.
As a result, the suspect’s vehicle flipped and came to a rest upside down near the intersection of Nine Mile Road and Bunche Street.
Rojae Olds, an eyewitness, said she was sitting in her living room in Creighton Court when the crash unfolded in her front yard.
“It was really loud, like you could almost feel it shake once he hit the gate,” Olds said. “It could have been a lot worse, because people walk all up and down these sidewalks all day and we sit on our porches and it just could have went the wrong way.”
Olds said when the car hit the fire hydrant it flew several feet and landed on the front steps of her neighbor’s home. She said broken glass, debris from the car, and a warped fence is still sitting in her front yard.
“Hopefully they can get someone out here as soon as possible to get the gate up,” Olds said, “and maybe someone can get the glass up and the fire hydrant, of course, is still lying over there.”
Her grandmother, who also lives in Creighton Court said reckless drivers often speed through the area and crash into their cars.
“Oh, It’s dangerous,” Marilyn Olds said. “I’ve already had two cars totaled on Nine Mile Road and my granddaughter had her truck hit three times,and there’s been a couple of other cars that have been hit.”
She said she’s afraid that the children playing outside for the Fourth of July, or just people walking through the area, could get hurt by the wreckage left behind.
“I’m praying that somebody will come out and take care of this right away,” Marilyn Olds said, “because it might be there too long and somebody is going to get hurt.”
Richmond Police assisted with road closure and crowd control.
The suspect was transported with life-threatening injuries to VCU Medical Center.
Henrico Police Crash Team responded to the scene and is investigating the crash. The adult male driver was the lone occupant in the wrecked vehicle. Charges are pending.
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