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Girlfriend gets 1½ years for wild chase
BY PORTSIA SMITH
A Stafford County woman who was arrested in August on charges of helping her boyfriend lead police on a wild chase will spend 1 ½ years in jail.
Carolyn Marie Henderson, 28, of Brookstone Drive, was found guilty in Caroline County General District Court Friday on charges of driving without a license and reckless driving by speed. She was clocked as driving 120 mph in a 55 mph zone.
She was also convicted and fined for six other traffic infractions.
Judge Frank Benser dismissed a conspiracy charge and certified a felony eluding charge, which will go to a grand jury on Nov. 2.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Tony Spencer said he will direct indict Henderson on the conspiracy charge and present evidence at trial that she did conspire.
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 deputy deputy W.D. Lipscomb testified Friday that after Spotsylvania deputies contacted Caroline, he saw the car driving erratically just south of Bowling Green at more than 120 mph—the highest his radar will go.
Spike strips were put down, immediately flattening three of the Impala’s tires, Lipscomb said. Even on flat tires and bent rims, the car exceeded 80 mph as it approached Bowling Green, he said.
The car then slowed, and Lipscomb said she saw Henderson jump out just before it hit a light pole and fence.
Lipscomb said Henderson suffered an injury when the car tire ran over her hand as she tried to get up and flee on foot. He said she was lucky because if one of the three rims ran over her hand, it would have cut her fingers off.
During a bond hearing last month, 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 worked full time at a grocery store and as a freelance photographer, was involved in the chase because “her boyfriend told her not to stop.”
Chambliss waived his preliminary hearing in Caroline Friday on one charge of conspiring to commit felony eluding and the case will go to a grand jury on Nov. 2.
He will appear in Spotsylvania Circuit Court on Oct. 28 for an arraignment on two counts of assaulting a law enforcement officer, malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and escaping custody.
Henderson is charged in Spotsylvania 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 Nov. 1.
Portsia Smith: 540/374-5419