Driver charged with attempting to murder police officer after crash near Cosby High

Posted at 8:00 AM, Dec 16, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 18:36:14-05

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. -- A Danville man was charged with attempted capital murder of a police officer and felony eluding after a high-speed police pursuit that started in Amelia County ended with a crash near Cosby High School in Chesterfield, police confirmed. Derrick T. Edmonds, 32, of Danville, was taken to the hospital after the crash. His condition has not yet been released.

Students at Cosby High School posted pictures and video on social media when police pursued Edmonds through part of the school's parking lot. The pursuit along Hull Street Road crossed into Chesterfield at about 6:55 a.m., a Chesterfield Police spokeswoman confirmed.

"A Chesterfield County officer joined the pursuit. The suspect vehicle turned onto Fox Club Parkway and proceeded into the Cosby High School parking lot," Caroon said. "The suspect vehicle went over a curb near an athletic field. Officers were posted at the parking lot exits. The suspect vehicle attempted to leave the parking lot and struck an officer’s car."

The officer whose car was struck and Edmonds were taken to the hospital for evaluation. A CBS 6 photojournalist saw a car crashed outside the school on Hull Street Road and Fox Club Parkway.

"Earlier this morning, Chesterfield County Police were involved in a high-speed pursuit through several counties including Chesterfield," Cosby's principal Dr. Brenda Mayo wrote in a message to parents. "Our students and school are safe, and there is no danger."

Edmonds was the only person in the suspect vehicle. Anyone with additional information can submit a news tip here.

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