Northbound drivers on Interstate 95 faced significant delays Thursday morning after multiple lanes were temporarily shut down when a driver fleeing from Chesterfield County police entered the interstate and crashed.
Chesterfield Police Department spokesperson Elizabeth Caroon said an officer had attempted to stop a car near the intersection of Route 1 and Weir Road on Thursday morning. The driver did not stop, and the officer pursued.
The driver turned right onto West Hundred Road, then veered the wrong way onto an exit ramp from I-95 North before crossing over a grassy median onto an entrance ramp, at which point Chesterfield police abandoned the pursuit.
According to Virginia State Police, the driver — a Chester man in his 50s, driving a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt — then ran off the roadway and crashed. State police responded to the scene shortly before 7:30 to investigate the crash.
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The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, suffered minor injuries. VSP says the investigation is ongoin, and charges against the driver are pending.
Traffic delays stemming from the incident stretched as far as 6 miles Thursday morning, but VDOT reported that all lanes were reopened and delays had cleared by 9 a.m.
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