Saturday, December 12, 2009

Gainesville Man Charged After Multi-Jurisdictional Pursuit in Loudoun and Clarke Counties

A Gainesville, Virginia man has been charged after leading Sheriff’s Deputies on a multi-jurisdictional high speed chase.

Matthew J. Star, 51, allegedly fled from authorities in Clarke County, Va. Around 3:20 p.m. December 10, Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputies were advised that a vehicle fled from law enforcement after a traffic stop in Clarke County and was entering Loudoun County on eastbound Route 7. The subject struck one other vehicle while fleeing from authorities. There were no serious injuries reported.

The vehicle traveled at a high rate of speed and its tires were damaged by two stop-sticks placed in the vehicle’s path during the pursuit. The vehicle continued to drive on at least three flat tires before losing control shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Route 7 near the Dulles Greenway interchange.
The suspect was taken into custody and is charged in Louduon County with speeding to elude and felony hit and run. Star is also facing charges in Clarke County with speed to elude and possession of stolen license plates. Star currently remains held without bond at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.

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