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Richmond man arrested after topping 120 mph in police pursuit

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Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 12:00:03-04

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. -- A Richmond man and two minors were involved in a high-speed police pursuit involving a stolen vehicle from Henrico to the City of Richmond early Monday morning.

Virginia State Police say the incident began at approximately 1:38 p.m. when a trooper saw a man attempting to break into several vehicles parked in a lot in the 1200 block of Virginia Center Parkway in Henrico County.

Police say two juvenile males were also with the suspect.

"When the trooper pulled into the parking lot to approach them, all three got into a nearby vehicle - which later was confirmed to have been stolen - and fled the parking lot," according to a state police spokesperson.

Polce say a pursuit was iniciated and troopers and Henrico Police officers pursued the stolen vehicle south on Interstate 95 where speeds exceeded 100 mph.

"The vehicle took Exit 75 and proceeded to the 3rd Street exit going approximately 120 mph. The driver lost control and the vehicle rolled several times down the embankment," said the spokesperson.

The three suspects exited the vehicle and ran towards 5th Street, before being captured.

The driver, Jayquan K. Royster, 18, of Richmond, was charged with two counts of eluding police, possession of a stolen vehicle, driving without a license, reckless driving, petit larceny, and several seatbelt violations.

One minor was transported to VCU Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries and the other minor was treated on-scene for minor injuries.

Both minors were released to their parents.