Shenandoah Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va.-- Law enforcement arrested a Shenandoah man after a brief high-speed chase on Tuesday.

Tuesday evening, the RUSH Drug Task Force, which is comprised of members of the Virginia State Police, Harrisonburg Police Department and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, received information that 51-year-old Richard Lee Caldwell Sr did not appear in court as he was required to do earlier in the day.

Additionally, law enforcement believed that he disconnected his court-ordered GPS tracking bracelet in order to leave the area to avoid additional charges being placed against him.

At that time, he was already out on bond for pending distribution of methamphetamine charges.

Task Force members immediately began canvassing the areas of Rockingham County where he was known to frequent.

At about 6 p.m., he was seen driving a Ford Explorer near the Exxon Station on Resort Drive in the Massanutten area.

Agents in the area were aware that Caldwell's driver’s license was suspended and they attempted a traffic stop on his SUV.

Caldwell disregarded the emergency lights and siren and tried escape law enforcement. At times during the chase, Caldwell was driving about 90 miles per hour, according to Rockingham County Sheriff Bryan Hutcheson.

The pursuit went down several county roads and his vehicle was partially disabled through the use of a spike strip. He nevertheless continued and proceeded into a field off of Pineville Road in the McGaheysville area.

As he attempted to exit the field, he deliberately struck a state police vehicle and the pursuit ended without any injuries or further incident.

Caldwell was arrested immediately after the incident. He was charged with possession of controlled substance, felony eluding police and driving while suspended. Additional charges are pending and he is currently being held without bond.