WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- A Nelson County man faces numerous charges after a vehicle pursuit ended with him wrecking his vehicle in Nelson County. The Waynesboro Police Department arrest also netted a large amount of methamphetamine, cash and two firearms.
Officers charged Kenneth Michael Moore, Jr., 31, of Shipman with four felonies connected with drugs and firearms after the nine minute, five mile pursuit.
On July 28, at about 12:55 p.m., members of the Waynesboro Police Special Operations Division attempted to conduct a traffic stop within the 200 block of North Commerce Avenue in Waynesboro on Moore, who was the subject of a lengthy narcotics investigation into a methamphetamine ring among Nelson County and the cities of Waynesboro and Charlottesville. Police believed Moore to be armed and carrying drugs at the time of the traffic stop. After initially stopping for police, they say he was furiously digging into a bag in his vehicle. He then fled the scene in his 1997 Toyota 4-Runner when police immediately approached his vehicle on foot.
The officer, a veteran patrol sergeant, initiated a pursuit and followed Moore across Afton Mountain on Route 250 East. Moore's speed was estimated at nearly 80 mph.
Police say he then turned right onto old Route 151/6 and started down Afton Mountain. Moments later, Moore lost control of his vehicle in a sharp turn and ran off the road on a steep embankment along a gravel driveway entrance to a residence. His vehicle flipped numerous times and he was ejected through the sunroof during the accident.
The officer immediately tried to gain control of Moore as he attempted to flee the scene. Moore, who later admitted to being under the influence of methamphetamine heavily, was unaffected by an initial application of the Taser and was able to break the wires and get free. In socked feet, because his shoes had come off during the wreck, Moore ran through rough terrain and back onto Route 6.
He was eventually apprehended in the middle of Route 6 approximately 200 yards from the wreck after a foot pursuit and being Tasered a second time. Moore was evaluated by Wintergreen Fire and Rescue at the scene, but was uncooperative. He was later transported to Augusta Medical Center and treated for back and neck pain and broken right little finger. Moore’s vehicle was completely destroyed in the crash.
Inside Moore’s vehicle, Waynesboro police recovered a black bag containing a loaded Mac-10 .45 caliber semi-auto subgun with a fully loaded 30 round magazine, a loaded Cobra .380 automatic pistol, later determined to be stolen from Staunton, 5 ounces of crystal methamphetamine and $3,381 in U.S. currency and digital scales.
Moore is charged with felony eluding, possession of methamphetamine with the intent to distribute, felony possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled substance and knowingly possessing a stolen firearm.
In total, these charges could carry up to a minimum/mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison, up to a maximum of 40 years.
Waynesboro Police, with assistance from the Virginia State Police, executed a follow on search warrant at Moore’s residence in Nelson County at 114 Evening Star Lane, Shipman, VA. As a result, another small quantity of methamphetamine was recovered, along with a .22 revolver. Virginia State Police will charge Moore as a result of this search warrant as well.
He is currently being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.
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