Wanted Man, Two Others Arrested After Augusta County High-Speed Chase

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AUGUSTA COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- The Augusta County Sheriff's Office arrested three people, including a wanted man, after a high-speed chase on Friday.

Charles Richard Ramsey, 37, Ryan Scott Varner, 26, and Mariah Kelsey Chaplin-Cash, 18, have been charged in connection to the incident.

At about 9:12 a.m., an investigator with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division saw people inside a suspicious vehicle on Lyndhurst Road.

When the investigator attempted to make contact with the 2015 Nissan Altima, an Enterprise rental car bearing Maryland registration, it quickly drove away, reaching speeds of 75 mph, according to the sheriff's office.

The chase continued for about 10 miles when the Altima attempted to turn onto Rankin Lane in the Stuarts Draft area; however, it was couldn't make the turn and instead crashed into a yard.

One of the passengers, Varner, then ran away and was chased by the investigator. That chase continued through several yards and after a brief struggle, he was placed in custody.

When Varner was patted down, a deputy found a handgun on him. While the deputy was chasing Varner, Ramsey drove out of the yard and was pursued by another deputy.

Ramsey crashed the Altima a second time at the dead end of Rankin Lane. He was arrested after a brief foot pursuit. Chaplin-Cash remained in the vehicle and was also taken into custody without incident, according to the sheriff's office.

When investigators searched the vehicle, they found a second handgun, about 3 pounds of marijuana, about 1 ounce of methamphetamine, various drug paraphernalia and more than $19,000. Both firearms had the serial numbers filed off.

The three suspects were taken to the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office.

After arriving at the sheriff’s office, Ramsey was able to slip out of a handcuff and ran away from the sheriff’s office parking lot. The additional chase led deputies across Lee Highway resulting in the Ramsey's capture for a second time.

Augusta County CID, Warrant Service Unit, Patrol deputies and Virginia State Police assisted in this incident.


Charles Richard Ramsey