State trooper suffers serious injuries after Chesterfield County police chase

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — One person is in custody after a Virginia State Police trooper was seriously injured following a high-speed police chase that took place on VA-288 and I-95 in Chesterfield County.

State Police tell 8News 29-year-old Trooper J.A. Short tried to pull over a 2005 Chevrolet Express 3500 van traveling southbound along VA-288 for speeding.

The driver, later identified as Marc R. Toliver, 43, of Richmond, refused to pull over, which then began the high-speed chase.

43-year-old Marc R. Toliver.

The van continued onto Route 288 southbound, where it struck a state trooper’s vehicle involved in the pursuit.

“It then proceeded onto Interstate 95 northbound, where Trooper J.A. Short deployed a tire deflation device, bringing the pursuit to an end near the Chippenham Parkway Exit 67,” Virginia State Police said. “Toliver swerved into the lane where Trooper Short was still standing. In an attempt to avoid being hit by the vehicle bearing down on him, Trooper Short backed up and jumped over the barrier wall.”

The suspect was taken into custody without incident after he stopped.

Short suffered serious injuries and was admitted to VCU Medical Center, where he is still being treated for multiple broken bones and fractures.

For a period of time, the left and center lanes on I-95 northbound and southbound were shut down. All lanes have since reopened and the scene has been cleared.

Toliver is charged with two counts willfully causing injury to a law enforcement officer (felony), causing bodily injury to a police officer (felony), eluding police (felony), two counts of possession of cocaine (felonies), hit and run (felony), attempting to cause damage to a vehicle in excess of $1000 (felony), driving while suspended (2nd offense), and speeding 72/60 mph zone.

He was transported to Chesterfield County Jail where he is being held without bond.

The pursuit remains under investigation.

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