Video/News: Man faces numerous charges after I-81 pursuit in Rockingham County

A 29-year-old man from Charlotte, N.C. is facing a list of charges after state police say he led them on a chase down Interstate 81 Thursday morning. According to Virginia State Police, a 2018 Chevy pickup driven by Travis J. White was stopped by Trooper J.K. Miller around mile marker 260 (near New Market) on I-81 southbound for driving 83 mph in a 70 mph zone. While the stop was happening, White took off from the location and went southbound on I-81.

Trooper Miller chased him south and was able to get in front of White’s vehicle. White then struck the rear of Miller’s vehicle, went into the median and then drove northbound on I-81. Another trooper, D.L. Stonebraker, began chasing White as well. White went back into the median and struck Stonebraker’s vehicle before going south again. White eventually crashed in the median around mile marker 255, around the Mauzy/Broadway exit. White is facing several charges, including reckless driving by speed, identity theft, reckless driving (general), two felony counts of assault on a law enforcement officer, and one felony count of eluding. He was transported to Sentara RMH and is being held without bond. His passenger, Kelly A. Simpson, 37, of Charlotte, N.C, was also taken to Sentara RMH.  Both troopers were taken to Sentara RMH, treated for minor injuries, and released. Trooper Miller’s vehicle sustained $800 in damages, Stonebraker’s vehicle sustained $5,000 in damages, and White’s pick-up was totaled. The incident is still under investigation. Virginia State Police continue to investigate a crash that led to delays on Interstate 81 in Rockingham County Thursday morning, which they say was the conclusion of a pursuit. At 9:40 a.m., a Virginia state trooper performed a traffic stop on a 2018 Chevy pick-up on the southbound side of I-81 in northern Rockingham County. According to police, the truck was driven by a man, with a female passenger. After being pulled over, the driver took off and kept heading south.  The trooper pursued, and the driver lost control in the area of mile marker 255, where he crashed into the median. Police say the driver was taken to Sentara RMH and the passenger was transported to UVA Medical Center. Investigation remains ongoing, and police have declined to identify either the driver or the passenger at this time.Backups have now cleared after a crash on Interstate 81 closed lanes on both sides of the interstate at mile marker 255.4 in Rockingham County. The south left shoulder remained closed for an extended period of time, with the vehicle still in the median, even after all lanes had been reopened. People in the area said the crash was the result of a police pursuit. Virginia State Police told WHSV an investigation was underway into an incident on the interstate, but could not provide any clarification as to what the incident was. As soon as any updates are available, they will be posted here. All lanes of Interstate 81 are open again at mile marker 255.4 after a crash temporarily closed both north and southbound lanes. A backup remains on the northbound side, however.Drivers heading either north or south on Interstate 81 through Rockingham County should be prepared for delays on Thursday morning. According to VDOT, a crash has closed the northbound left lane and left shoulder, as well as the southbound left lane and left shoulder at mile marker 255.4.

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