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Escaped felon, woman lead police on two-county pursuit
BY PORTSIA SMITH
A handcuffed escaped felon managed to drive his own getaway car while he and a female accomplice led deputies on a two-county pursuit Thursday, police said.
Two Spotsylvania County deputies responded to the probation and parole office on Southpoint Center Boulevard in reference to a probation violation, police said.
When they arrived, they immediately arrested 26-year-old Traveyan Lee Chambliss of Stafford and handcuffed him behind his back.
While being placed in the back of the patrol car, Chambliss broke free from the deputies and ran to another vehicle that was waiting for him, according to Lt. Col. Mike Timm of the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office.
Chambliss got into the driver’s seat of a white Chevrolet Impala, which struck the two deputies as it left the parking lot, Timm said.
A female passenger steered while Chambliss operated the gas, Timm said.
Detectives tracked the vehicle in Caroline County because it was equipped with On-Star.
Caroline Sheriff Tony Lippa said his dispatchers received a call about 3:30 p.m. to be on the lookout for a white Impala with the driver’s side window broken out.
Lippa said a Caroline patrol deputy was on his way home when he spotted the vehicle going north on U.S. 301.
Lippa said the Impala reached speeds of more than 120 mph after the deputy flashed his lights.
Spike strips were put down on the road just south of Bowling Green, immediately flattening three of the Impala’s tires, Lippa said.
Even on flat tires and bent rims, the vehicle traveled more than 80 mph as it approached Bowling Green, Lippa said.
The vehicle finally stopped. Still handcuffed, Chambliss got out of the passenger side door and fled. The woman he was with also ran away.
Police chased them and took them into custody, Lippa said.
The woman, 28-year-old Carolyn M. Henderson of Stafford, was taken to the hospital for numerous non-life threatening injuries she sustained in jumping from the moving vehicle, Lippa said.
Chambliss is charged with escape with force, assault and battery of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and a probation violation in Spotsylvania. Charges are pending in Caroline.
He is being held without bond at Rappahannock Regional Jail.
Henderson is charged with assault and battery of a law enforcement officer and aiding and abetting escape in Spotsylvania. She is also charged in Caroline with felony eluding and driving without alicense.
She is being held without bond at Pamunkey Regional Jail.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419