I-95 chase ends when driver slams into cop cars

Posted at 11:04 AM, Feb 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-18 00:07:30-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Virginia State Police said a 30-year-old Goochland man has been arrested after allegedly leading cops on a chase that started in Goochland County and ended in Richmond.

Mario Davis, of the 800 block of Mickie Town Road in Maidens, Va., has been charged with felony eluding police and possession of a firearm after being a convicted felon. He was also charged with misdemeanor obstruction of justice, driving on a suspended license, reckless driving by speed and failure to wear his safety belt.

Virginia State Police Sergeant Thomas Molnar said this started at 9:22 a.m. when a trooper tried to pull over Davis for speeding on I-64 east near the Rockville exit. Police said  Davis was clocked driving 83 mph in a 70 mph zone.

That’s when troopers chased Davis, who was driving a 1998 Ford Contour, down I-64 east and onto I-95 south.

Molnar said the chase continued until Davis lost control near the Belvidere Street exit, ran off the right side of the road and slammed into a guard rail. Davis’ car then crossed back across the southbound lanes, hit the center jersey wall and then crashed into two state police cars.

Authorities said Davis tried to run away on foot, but was quickly captured. Officials said David, who was not wearing his seat belt, suffered minor injuries and was taken to VCU Medical Center.

No state troopers were injured.

As a result of the crash, the two left lanes on I-95 south were closed for about an hour.

The crash remains under investigation.

Davis is slated to be arraigned at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.