An 18-year-old driver is being held without bond after a short police chase in Albemarle County.
State police say they tried to pull over Jalen Taylor around 10:30 Wednesday morning after spotting expired license plates on his Nissan.
Troopers say Taylor pulled over on the 5th Street exit ramp off Interstate 64, but drove away during the traffic stop and then wrecked along Sunset Avenue Extended.
Taylor was treated for minor injuries at the University of Virginia Medical Center and faces a felony charge of eluding police.
Virginia State Police Press Release
While traveling eastbound on Interstate 64 near the 120 mile marker at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Virginia State Police Trooper D.C. Palmer spotted a 2008 Nissan Altima with an expired registration on its license plates. Trooper Palmer initiated a traffic stop on the Altima, which stopped for the trooper on the I-64 5th Street Exit ramp. During the course of the traffic stop, the driver of the Nissan drove off from the trooper and a pursuit was initiated. On Sunset Avenue, the Nissan ran off the right side of the road and struck several trees before finally striking a telephone pole. When the Nissan hit the trees and telephone pole, the driver was attempting to get out of his vehicle and flee on foot, but was quickly apprehended by Trooper Palmer and Trooper W.R. Floyd.
The driver, Jalen D. Taylor, 18, of Charlottesville, was transported to UVA for treatment of minor injuries from the traffic crash. He was then released and is being held without bond at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. (You'll have to contact the jail for a mug shot.)
Taylor has been charged for the expired registration and with one felony count of eluding police. Additional charges are pending consultation with the Albemarle County Commonwealth's Attorney.