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Couple sentenced in wild chase
A Stafford couple received more jail time for a high-speed chase that started in Spotsylvania County and ended in Caroline County.
Traveyan Lee Chambliss, 27, and his girlfriend, Carolyn Marie Henderson, 29, were sentenced in Caroline Circuit Court Tuesday by Judge J. Howe Brown.
Chambliss was sentenced to serve one year and three months for conspiracy to commit felony eluding. Henderson was sentenced to serve two years on charges of eluding police and conspiracy to elude police.
In Spotsylvania last week, both were sentenced to serve an additional four years in prison for assault on a law-enforcement officer and escape by force. Henderson also received 1 1/2 years for reckless driving and driving without a license in Caroline in October.
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.
Chambliss was at that location but unaware that he was going to be arrested.
Spotsylvania First Sgt. Tim Buta testified during trial that he arrested Chambliss and put him in handcuffs before Chambliss broke free and ran toward a white car, screaming, “Open the door, open the door.”
Buta told the judge that Henderson opened the door and let Chambliss into the driver’s seat. She then put the car in reverse as directed by Chambliss, and handled the steering wheel as Chambliss pushed the gas pedal.
Buta broke the driver’s window with his baton, which ended up in the car, he said, but was unable to stop them. He said he saw the car drive off and stop for about 15 seconds, which is when he thinks the two traded places, and then the car sped off again.
Detectives tracked the vehicle in Caroline because it was equipped with OnStar. Deputies clocked the car at more than 120 mph.
Caroline Sgt. Craig Heywood testified that he put down spike strips just south of Bowling Green, immediately flattening three of the Impala’s tires. Even on flat tires and bent rims, the car traveled more than 80 mph as it approached the small town.
The vehicle finally stopped after hitting a fence. Chambliss, still handcuffed, and Henderson both tried to flee but were taken into custody by Caroline deputies.
Before sentencing, Chambliss denied being a part of any kind of conspiracy and blamed it mainly on an anxiety attack.
“Nothing of the events that happened that day were planned, if it was it was a dumb plan,” he said. “I’m not trying to make light of the situation because I know what I did was stupid, but I suffer from anxiety.”