Oklahoma man arrested after striking vehicles on 50 mile police chase down I-95

Posted at 4:05 PM, Dec 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-28 23:48:15-05

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, Va. -- An Oklahoma man was arrested on multiple charges following a nearly 50-mile chase on I-95 early Saturday morning.

Around 2:47 a.m., a Virginia State Police trooper attempted to stop a Chevrolet Silverado traveling erratically on I-95 North and on the shoulder near the 96-mile marker in Hanover County.

The driver refused to stop and continued driving north on I-95, driving at speeds exceeding 100 mph. As the vehicle passed through the city limits of Fredericksburg, state police deployed a spike-strip tire deflation device to attempt to stop the driver.

The driver struck the spikes but still refused to stop and continued north. As troopers positioned themselves around the truck in an attempt to stop it, the driver rammed the troopers' patrol vehicles and continued on.

A second spike strip tire deflation device deployed at the 149-mile marker, but the driver kept going.

The pickup rear-ended one of the trooper's vehicles several times before finally being forced to a stop at the 151-mile marker in Prince William County.

The driver of the pickup truck then tried to flee the scene on foot, but was taken into custody minutes later.

Steven C. Martin, 53, of Panama, Ok., was arrested on charges of malicious wounding, felony count of eluding police, DUI and resisting arrest in Prince William County.

Additional charges are pending in other jurisdictions.

Martin was transported and one of the troopers whose vehicles were struck was transported to Sentara Hospital in Woodbridge, Va., for treatment of minor injuries.