Wanted Staunton man arrested after vehicle pursuit

Published: Nov. 29, 2021 at 4:44 PM EST
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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) - On Monday, November 29, 2021, U.S. Marshals and detectives with Albemarle County Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division received information about a wanted subject known to be in Albemarle County.

Officials say that at approximately 11:00 a.m., the wanted subject was located in the 900 block of Hilton Heights Road. When officers approached, the subject fled in a vehicle, ramming police cars and hitting one officer in the process, according to a press release.

The subject struck one vehicle while traveling southbound on Seminole Trail towards the bypass and ultimately entered I-64 westbound.

Officials report that on I-64, the subject lost control of the vehicle and crashed into the median near the Ivy exit. The driver ran from the crash but was quickly taken into custody after a brief pursuit.

The suspect has been identified as 38-year-old Richard Knight from Staunton.

Knight was arrested on outstanding warrants from Staunton, Virginia State Police and Augusta County.

Knight has been charged with the following:

  • Carjacking
  • Felony Eluding (multiple counts)
  • Grand Larceny (multiple counts)
  • Communicating Threats to Kill in Writing
  • Felon in Possession of a Firearm
  • Possession of Stolen Property
  • Assault and Battery
  • Reckless Driving
  • Credit Card Larceny
  • Failure to Register as a Sex Offender

Knight is being treated for minor injuries. The officer struck by the vehicle did not need to be treated for injuries.

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