AUGUSTA COUNTY — It was a busy night of carjackings and police chases in Augusta County Wednesday, and it ended with an off-duty deputy putting out stop sticks to catch a suspect the next day.
Authorities arrested Albert Cox, 60, of Waynesboro, who was already wanted on charges in Staunton and Chesterfield counties, according to a news release.
The first chase happened Wednesday around 11:30 p.m. on the East Side Highway when a deputy spotted a speeding Ford Explorer and attempted to pull over. According to the report, the driver ignored the deputy’s flashing lights and siren and continued down the Blue Ridge Parkway into Nelson County before heading into Rockbridge County, where the deputy stopped the pursuit.
Two hours later, on Thursday morning, another deputy with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office found the wreckage of the Ford Explorer involved in the previous pursuit. The vehicle, located at mile marker 216 of Interstate 81, was unoccupied. Authorities determined he was abducted from Chesterfield County.
Hours later at 10 a.m. Thursday, the sheriff’s office was contacted about a car theft from a Mint Spring convenience store. An hour later, a deputy saw the vehicle on Dolphin Avenue in Waynesboro, according to the release. Again, the sheriff’s office said the driver allegedly ignored the deputy’s flashing lights and siren.
The chase began in Augusta County, where an off-duty deputy set up stop sticks in the area of Dooms Crossing Road and East Side Highway, flattening all four of the car’s tires. Cox was taken into custody without incident. He was treated at the scene by first responders and later transported to Augusta Health in Fishersville for further medical care, the release said.
The sheriff’s office said Cox, who is suspected of stealing both vehicles, has active felony warrants from the Staunton Police Department and the Chesterfield County Police Department. He is charged with felony evading, grand larceny of a motor vehicle and driving under the influence in Augusta County incidents, according to the release.
As of Thursday afternoon, Cox was awaiting a hearing with a magistrate.
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