10/07/2019 Press Release from the Augusta County Sheriff's Office:

On October 5th at 0005 hours, a deputy with the Sheriff’s Office was in the City of Staunton when he observed a vehicle driving erratically. The Staunton Police Department was notified and an officer conducted a traffic stop; our deputy assisted. During the course of the stop, the driver is alleged to have assaulted the Staunton officer and then fled the scene. The Staunton officer pursued the suspect to the city limits and deputies took over the pursuit as it entered the county. The driver was stopped on Rt. 11, south of Staunton, and identified as Tyrone Stuart Jr., 29, of Staunton. Stuart was charged with the following: 

-Felony DUI

-Felony eluding

-Felony possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine)

-Refusal of a breath test (misdemeanor) 

He was also served with two outstanding bench warrants. 

“This pursuit lasted for approximately twenty minutes and travelled throughout the southern portion of Augusta County.” “I commend the deputies for their professionalism and control during this pursuit,” Sheriff Donald L. Smith. 

Additional information from the Staunton Police Department:

The Staunton Police Department obtained warrants against Tyrone L. Stuart Jr for driving with a revoked license, assault and battery of a police officer, felony eluding, and obstruction of justice.  Stuart was previously wanted on two capias warrants for failure to appear in court.

On October 5, 2019 at about 12:30am the SPD officer performed a traffic stop on Stuart near the intersection of E Gay St and Greenville Ave.  Stuart initially stopped his vehicle, but assaulted the officer by hitting him on the arm during the traffic stop before fleeing in his vehicle.  The Staunton officer briefly pursued Stuart before terminating the pursuit for the safety of the general public.  Augusta County later arrested Stuart in their jurisdiction.  Our officer was not injured during the incident.