State Trooper injured in chase that ended in Richmond crash

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Virginia State Trooper is recovering in the hospital and a woman is in custody following a crash that resulted from a police chase in Richmond Thursday night.

The incident began around 10:40 p.m. when Virginia State Police Trooper A.D. Rogers responded to assist the Richmond Police with an ongoing pursuit that was approaching the I-95 and I-64 interchange in Richmond.

A 2005 Pontiac driven by Melissa R. Thorne, of North Chesterfield, eventually got on I-64 eastbound before exiting onto Nine Mile Road.

During the pursuit, Thorne rammed Trooper Rogers’ vehicle with her car near the intersection with Laburnum Avenue.

She then proceeded to run a red light at the intersection.

When Rogers approached the same intersection he slowed for the red light. As he passed through the intersection, with his lights and siren activated, he was struck in the driver’s side by a Cadillac Escalade traveling south on Laburnum.

Meanwhile, Thorne stopped her vehicle on the other side of the intersection and Richmond Police took her into custody.

The adult female driver of the Escalade was not injured in the crash.

The trooper was transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment of serious, but non-life threatening injuries.

The crash is currently under investigation.

State Police have charged Thorne in Henrico County with one felony count of assault of a law enforcement officer, one felony count of eluding police and driving on a suspended license.

Police had previously said that she was wanted for other previous warrants.

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