09/01/2017 Release from the Augusta County Sheriff's Office:
On Wednesday August 30, 2017 at 2051 HRS [10:51 p.m.], members of the Skyline Task Force were conducting a narcotics operation involving Kareem Jermaine Waddy, 32 of Charlottesville.
Investigators were following Waddy’s Silver 2005 Dodge Magnum on Jefferson Highway near I-81 just outside the Staunton City limits. They requested additional units and attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Waddy on Richmond Avenue.
Waddy did not stop and preceded down Richmond Avenue towards the Martin’s Store located at 1015 Richmond Avenue.
Waddy stopped the car and then fled on foot, over a fence and towards a steep berm with an approximate 30 foot drop, with Task Force Officers in foot pursuit.
Waddy went down the embankment and continued to flee, and one of the pursuing Investigators severely injured his leg and ankle.
Waddy was apprehended by a Staunton Police Department K-9 unit and later transported to Augusta Health for treatment of minor injuries.
Waddy was charged with:
Obstruction of Justice
Distribution of Marijuana
Possession of a Schedule I or II substance
Abuse/Neglect of a child
Driving with a Revoked License
Disregard of Police Commands
Distribution of a Schedule I or II substance
The Skyline Task Force Officer, an Investigator with the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, was transported to Augusta Health via ambulance where he was treated for multiple leg fractures.
“The deputy was severely injured during this incident but hopefully will make a full recovery in time,” stated Augusta County Sheriff Donald Smith.