APPOMATTOX, Va. -- A Prince Edward County teenager has been charged in the 2019 murder of a 75-year-old man after crashing the victims stolen car in a police chase.
Around 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2019, a Virginia State Police Trooper a 2003 Toyota Avalon for speeding on Route 60 in Buckingham County.
The trooper activated his emergency lights and siren to initiate the traffic stop and the Toyota pulled over to the side of Route 60. But as the trooper approached the vehicle, it sped away and a chase was initiated, during which the suspect vehicle began driving the wrong way on Route 60 before running off the road and crashing near Route 15.
The driver, a 17-year-old from Prince Edward County, was transported to Southside Hospital and then to VCU Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries sustained in the crash. He was charged with one felony count of eluding police, one felony count of grand larceny, two counts of theft of a firearm, petit larceny, two counts of reckless driving, driving the wrong way, resisting arrest, driving without a license and for not wearing a seat belt.
Two stolen firearms were also recovered from inside the crashed vehicle.
Police then learned that the car driven by the teen was stolen from Lloyd A. Johnson, a 75-year-old man who had been found murdered in his residence.
With the assistance of the Prince Edward County Sheriff's Office, state police obtained the murder charge for the juvenile