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Police stop driver towing a fiery trailer

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Posted at 9:38 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 16:40:34-05

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- A North Carolina driver has been charged after a fiery crash in Hanover County on Tuesday night.

"A Virginia State Police Trooper observed a 2006 GMC Envoy traveling west on Route 360 (Mechanicsville Turnpike) west of the Pamunkey River in Hanover County. The Envoy was towing a trailer that had caught fire," a Virginia State Police spokesperson wrote in an email. "The trooper activated his vehicle's emergency equipment in an attempt to get the Envoy to stop, but the driver refused and continued west on Route 360."

The driver then crossed over the median and drove west in the eastbound lanes of Route 360 near Pole Green Road before crossing back through the median to the westbound lanes, according to the police.

"At this point, state police positioned their vehicles around the Envoy and brought it to a stop near Walnut Grove Road," the email continued. "The trailer dislodged itself from the Envoy in the 5000 block of Mechanicsville Turnpike. While traveling the wrong way on Mechanicsville Turnpike, the Envoy struck two vehicles and a mailbox. No injuries were reported in those crashes."

The driver, identified as Christopher Lafollette, 47, was transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Lafollette was charged with assault on a law enforcement officer, felony eluding, DUID, and aggressive driving.

The incident was reported at about 6 p.m.