Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 1, 2014

Virginia State Police arrest man after leading pursuit

WYTHEVILLE, Va. — A Pennsylvania man is facing multiple charges after fleeing Monday from Virginia troopers outside the Wythe County line.

 Kevin L. Ranck, 47, of Mount Joy, Penn., is being held at New River Valley Regional Jail, in Dublin, Va., on one felony count of eluding police, one count of resisting arrest and one count of reckless driving.

Just before 9 a.m., Virginia State Police Trooper A.W. Crigger attempted to stop a 1997 Buick sedan traveling south on Interstate 77 near the 49 mile marker in Bland County, Va. The traffic stop was for speeding more than of 100 mph. When Crigger activated his emergency lights and attempted to stop the Buick, its driver, Ranck, refused to comply and a pursuit was initiated, according to a release issued Monday afternoon.

The pursuit continued south on I-77 and the Buick then headed north on Interstate 81. Troopers were able to position their patrol vehicles around Ranck’s car and force it to a stop near the 74 mile marker in Wythe County, Va. Ranck was then taken into custody.

Two troopers’ vehicles and the Buick were damaged during the troopers’ efforts to stop the speeding vehicle. Ranck and two troopers were transported to Wythe County Community Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The incident remains under investigation. The Wythe County Sheriff’s Office assisted state police in the pursuit.

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