Police Car Crashes in Chase

By: WHSV Newsroom Email
By: WHSV Newsroom Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- UPDATE 8:56 P.M. Below, is a release from Harrisonburg Police.

Harrisonburg, VA – The Harrisonburg Police Department is currently investigating a traffic accident involving a police vehicle.

An officer began pursuing a vehicle along South Main Street, shortly after 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

During the pursuit, the officer wrecked the police vehicle in the 800 block of South Main Street. One other vehicle was involved in the actual traffic accident.

No injuries were reported and the second vehicle involved in the accident, an SUV, sustained minor damage.

Charles Richard Rose, 45, of Mount Crawford has been charged by HPD with eluding police.

He was taken into custody by the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office in the 1400 block of South Main Street a short time after the accident occurred.

The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office also charged Rose with driving with a suspended license and driving under the influence.

Harrisonburg Police Department’s Accident Reconstruction Team continues to investigate the circumstances surrounding the accident.

An investigation into the reason for the pursuit is also taking place. It is common procedure for the Accident Reconstruction Team to investigate an accident involving a police vehicle, no matter how minor.

Both southbound lanes of South Main Street, from Grace Street to Bluestone Drive, were closed for approximately three hours.

Police are asking anyone who may have seen this accident or the circumstances leading up to the accident, to contact HPD through the non-emergency number at 540-434-4436.

South Main Street in Harrisonburg was closed between Grace Street and Bluestone Drive due to a police pursuit, but as of 5:35 p.m. all lanes are open.

Police were pursuing a 2003 blue Ford Mustang that was traveling 60 mph.

During the chase, a police car crashed and there were no reported injuries.

The suspect's car was spotted at the Wilco Hess gas station on South Main Street.

The suspect is now in custody and Rockingham County Sheriff's Office has charged him with a DUI.

The Harrisonburg Police Department is handling the investigation.

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