Wingina man facing multiple charges in Albemarle Co.

Published: Apr. 12, 2022 at 4:49 PM EDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A Wingina man is accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in Albemarle County Tuesday, April 12.

Fifty-three-year-old Michael Proffitt is facing multiple charges, including felony “burning or destroying meeting house.”

Police say they responded to calls of fires being set outside of the Food Lion and Truist Bank in Scottsville. That led to Proffitt allegedly speeding off before the chase ended just off Irish Road in the county.

“He attempted to make several fires, and so officers were quick to respond,” Albemarle County Spokesperson Abbey Stumpf said. “At that point, he did enter in his vehicle and as he left he struck an ACPD patrol car, and then drove out at a very high rate of speed.”

Albemarle County announced the following additional charges Wednesday, April 13:

  • Duty of driver to stop, etc., in event of accident involving injury or death or damage to attended property
  • Disregarding signal by law-enforcement officer to stop; eluding police (felony)
  • Two (2) counts of resisting or obstructing a law-enforcement officer
  • Driving motor vehicle, engine, etc., while intoxicated, etc.
  • Reckless driving
  • Giving false identity to law-enforcement officer
  • Dumping trash
  • Failure to obey traffic control devices
  • Consent to blood or breath test

Copyright 2022 WVIR. All rights reserved.

Do you have a story idea? Send us your news tip here.