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Video shows 100 mph police pursuit down Main Street

Posted at 8:58 AM, Apr 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-22 06:57:19-04

BROADNAX, Va. -- A Brunswick man was arrested and charged with several crimes after leading law enforcement on a pursuit that hit speeds of 100+ miles per hour.

A deputy clocked the driver at more than 100 miles per hour on Interstate 85 Wednesday afternoon, according to the Dinwiddie County Sheriff's Office.

When the deputy attempted to pull over the driver for speeding, the driver did not stop -- but instead he sped away.

He led police and sheriff's deputies on a pursuit that initially stretched along Interstate 85, Route 460, and Route 1 in Dinwiddie.

He then took Route 1 South into Brunswick and where he got back onto Interstate 85.

In the town of South Hill, investigators said the driver struck two other cars and then turned around and headed north on Route 58 back towards Brunswick County. It was in the town of Broadnax where the driver eventually broke down and was taken into custody.

Dustin Thompson heard the pursuit over the police scanner and set up to record as it passed by the intersection of Main Street and and Route 58 in Brodnax.

Skip ahead to the 1:00 mark to see the pursuit.

"[He] was going a very high rate of speed through a very populated area [full of] slower vehicles," Thompson said.

The driver was charged with driving suspended license, felony eluding, reckless driving. Investigators also found ammunition in the vehicle.

Josepeh Watts III, 40, was booked without bond.

Watts, who spoke with police dispatchers during the chase, said he was trying to make it to his mother's home.