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No bond for girlfriend charged in wild chase
BY PORTSIA SMITH
A Stafford County woman who was arrested last month on charges of helping her boyfriend lead police on a wild chase was denied bond yesterday.
Judge Joseph J. Ellis denied Carolyn Marie Henderson’s request for freedom after a short hearing in Caroline County Circuit Court.
Henderson, 28, of Brookstone Drive was originally charged in Caroline with felony eluding and driving without a license.
Eight more charges were added last week. They include aiding a prisoner to escape, eluding police, improper driving, failure to obey highway lane markings, a seat-belt violation and driving 120 mph in a 55 mph zone.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer told the judge the charges stem from an Aug. 11 incident in which two Spotsylvania County deputies responded to a call about a probation violation from the probation and parole office on Southpoint Center Boulevard. They arrested 26-year-old Traveyan Lee Chambliss of Stafford and handcuffed him behind his back, Spencer said.
According to Spencer, as Chambliss was being placed in the back of the patrol car, he broke free from deputies and ran to another vehicle that was waiting for him.
Chambliss got into the driver’s seat of a white Chevrolet Impala, Spencer said. One of the deputies broke the driver window with a baton and his arm was cut when the car pulled off with his arm still in the window.
Spencer said Henderson was a passenger in the car and she steered while Chambliss operated the gas.
Detectives were able to track the car into Caroline County because it was equipped with OnStar.
Caroline Sheriff’s Lt. Angel Lambert testified yesterday that after Spotsylvania deputies contacted Caroline, deputy W.D. Lipscomb saw the car driving erratically at more than 120 mph just south of Bowling Green.
Spike strips were put down, immediately flattening three of the Impala’s tires, Lambert said. Even on flat tires and bent rims, the car exceeded 80 mph as it approached Bowling Green, Lambert said.
The car then slowed, and Lambert said she saw Henderson jump out just before it hit a light pole and fence.
Lambert said Henderson suffered an injury when the car ran over her hand as she tried to get up and flee on foot.
During the hearing, defense attorney Melissa Danjczek said Henderson is a cancer survivor who moved to Virginia from California just more than a year ago. She said Henderson, who works full time at a grocery store and as a freelance photographer, was involved in the chase because “her boyfriend told her not to stop.”
Spencer argued that Henderson had a choice when the deputy broke the window and her boyfriend was handcuffed behind his back.
“If she’s willing to engage in this kind of behavior to help somebody else escape, the court can presume she would go through some length to help herself escape,” he said.
He also pointed out that Henderson has extensive ties to the West Coast and past convictions for burglary, petty larceny, obstructing an officer, drug possession and prostitution.
In denying her bond, Ellis called her actions “extremely reckless and dangerous.”
“There’s clearly no limits to what you will do,” he said.
In Spotsylvania, Henderson is charged with two counts of assault and battery of a law enforcement officer and aiding and abetting escape. An arraignment on those charges is scheduled for Oct. 4.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419