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I-95 chase ends when man hits two cruisers

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A Richmond man faces multiple charges following a high-speed pursuit early Friday on northbound Interstate 95 in Caroline County.

Virginia State Police Sgt. Thomas Molnar said a trooper stopped the driver of a 2005 Ford pickup about 7:40 a.m. for traveling at a speed of 88 miles per hour in a 70-mph zone.

After initially pulling over, the driver, 29-year-old Raymond E. Sims–Lewis, took off and led police on a chase at speeds of up to 90 mph, Molnar said.

The pursuit ended after the man’s pickup collided with two unmarked state police cruisers near the 112 mile marker north of Ladysmith.

Sims–Lewis and a passenger suffered minor injuries and were transported to VCU Medical Center in Richmond.

The two troopers involved in the stop and pursuit were not injured in the crash.

Sims–Lewis is charged with two felony counts of destruction of property, one felony count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, one felony count of hit and run, and a felony count of eluding police and possession of a firearm without a serial number. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing a firearm in violation of a protective order and one misdemeanor count of possessing a concealed weapon. Traffic violations include reckless driving and not possessing a valid driver’s license.

Sims–Lewis is also wanted by the city of Richmond on a felony eluding charge.

He was held without bond pending arraignment, Dec. 9 at the Pamunkey Regional Jail.

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