Thursday, February 2, 2023

Georgia man drives over 100 mph on Route 17, eludes police

A Williamsburg Police Department cruiser at night (Steve Roberts, Jr/WYDaily)
(Steve Roberts, Jr/WYDaily)

A 26-year-old man was arrested after he allegedly led police on a chase exceeding 100 mph in York County.

Deveon Tashon Johnson, 26, of Atlanta, Georgia, is charged with felony eluding police and possession of marijuana, according to York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shelley Ward.

A deputy was on routine patrol in the 1100 block of George Washington Memorial Highway (Route 17) around 1:45 a.m. Sunday when he saw a gray sedan traveling at a “high rate of speed,” Ward said.

The deputy pursued the vehicle past the York County/Newport News line until the driver pulled over near the Interstate 64 on-ramp off Victory Boulevard, Ward said.

When deputies approached the vehicle, they smelled the odor of marijuana, Ward said.

Johnson was arrested and taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail in Williamsburg.

Online court case records show Johnson has been released on bail. He is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 17. in the York-Poquoson General District Court.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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