Man arrested after car flips into Henrico river

Posted at 10:57 PM, Feb 03, 2014
and last updated 2014-02-04 16:21:13-05

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) – Andrew Taylor Walters, 23, of Mechanicsville, was arrested and charged in connection with a crash that ended with a car  flipped into the Chickahominy River in eastern Henrico County and two women in the hospital.

The women are in critical condition as of Tuesday afternoon.

Andrew Walters (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

Andrew Walters (PHOTO: Henrico Police)

Walters remains in Henrico County Jail without bond charged with:

  • 2nd Offense Drive while Operator’s License is Suspended
  • Felony Disregard the Signal of a Law Enforcement Officer to Stop (Eluding)
  • Provide False Information to a Law Enforcement Officer

“In addition, Walters is also being held on an unrelated Misdemeanor Assault Warrant from Hanover County,” Henrico Police spokesman Lt. Albert Merz wrote in an email.

Police said Walters sped away from a traffic stop Monday night after he was pulled over for erratic driving on Williamsburg Rd. at Elko Rd.

“After a brief contact with officers the driver put the car in drive and fled the scene at a high rate of speed,” Henrico Police Lt. T.A. Alvis wrote in an email.

Alvis said officers tried to catch up to the vehicle, but could not find the car. About the same time, police received calls about an overturned car in the water near White Oak and E. Williamsburg Rds.

"First arriving units reported a single vehicle overturned into the waters of the Chickahomany River off of the road. Several of the specialty service fire vehicles were used to pull the vehicle from the water and back onto the road," Henrico Fire Captain Daniel Rosenbaum wrote in an email. "At the time that both patients were removed from the vehicle they were both in cardiac arrest. During transportation to the hospital by Henrico Fire Medic Units they were both resuscitated and regained a pulse. They were still in critical condition when they arrived at MCV."

A third person, who police later identified as Walters, was found about one mile from the crash scene. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Police said there were two women and one man in the car when it crashed about 10:30 p.m. Monday.

Rosenbaum said it took about 20 minutes to pull the vehicle out of the water.

Henrico Police continue to investigate the situation.