2 in Custody After Police Chase From Waynesboro to Albemarle
Police gather at Plank and Monacan after morning police chase from Waynesboro to Albemarle
UPDATE: On Thursday, Albemarle police released the relationship of the children in the car to the two men in custody. All five of the children in the vehicle were male. The 10-year-old and 8-year-old had no relation to either arrestee. The 1, 3, and 4-year-olds were all sons of Shannon Burton.
Two men are in custody, and five children are back with their mother, after a police chase Wednesday morning that started in Waynesboro and ended in Albemarle County.
It began when somebody tipped off Waynesboro police that a wanted man may be in the city.
The chase started in Waynesboro where police were already on the lookout for people with outstanding warrants following a tip from officers in Maryland.
Waynesboro police say an officer spotted a black Ford Explorer and stopped it along South Delphine Avenue near Interstate 64. When the officer walked up to the Explorer it took off and got on I-64 toward Charlottesville.
"He might use these children as a negotiating mechanism for his release or for his escape so that's when the officers made the decision to keep pursuing the vehicle," said Sgt. Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department.
About a dozen Waynesboro police officers were involved at the early stage of the pursuit and Albemarle County took over after receiving a call around 8:20 a.m. requesting their assistance.
The chase ended when the driver of the Ford Expedition pulled over voluntarily at the intersection of Monacan Trail and Plank Road near North Garden in Albemarle County.
"Anytime you have a pursuit it's an inherently dangerous and risky activity and it requires a lot of close coordination and communication with all law enforcement agencies and that was the case here," said Lt. Peter Mainzer with the Albemarle County Police Department.
Police have two men in custody: the driver, Shannon Burton, 31, of Waynesboro, and front passenger, Jonathan Woodard, 29, of Maryland. Burton has been charged with one felony count of eluding police, five felony counts of child endangerment and one misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting a fugitive. Woodard has been charged with five felony counts of child endangerment.
Burton was also wanted on an outstanding grand larceny warrant from Waynesboro. Woodard was also wanted on a felony probation violation out of Maryland.
Five children were also in the car - ages one to 10 - but they have been safely handed over to their mother.
Both men are being held without bond at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Albemarle police have not identified who the children in the car were or why they were in the vehicle.
Albemarle County Police Department Press Release
A vehicle pursuit, which started in the City of Waynesboro, ended in Albemarle County with the arrest of two wanted persons.
The pursuit began in Waynesboro and was the result of a criminal investigation by Waynesboro Police Department. Around 8:30 am, Albemarle County officers were notified that the suspect vehicle was entering Albemarle County. Officers with the ACPD responded and joined the Waynesboro Police and Virginia State Police in the pursuit which ended in the 4900 block of Plank Road in the North Garden area.
The driver of the vehicle stopped voluntarily and both the driver and passenger were arrested without incident. Shannon D. Burton, 31YOA, of Waynesboro, was driving the vehicle, a 1999 black Ford Expedition SUV. Jonathan Woodard, 29 YOA, of Maryland, was a passenger in the vehicle. There were five children also in the vehicle. They range in age from one-year old to ten years old. The children were not injured during the pursuit and have been reunited with their mother.
Burton has been charged with one felony count of eluding police, five felony counts of child endangerment and one misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting a fugitive. Burton was also wanted on an outstanding grand larceny warrant from Waynesboro.
Woodard has been charged with five felony counts of child endangerment. Woodard was also wanted on a felony probation violation out of Maryland. Both individuals are being held without bond at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
The Waynesboro Police Department is continuing with their investigation of the initial incident that led to the pursuit. For more information on that investigation, please contact Sgt. Brian Edwards at 540-241-2415.
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