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UPDATE: Man faces charges for eluding police prior to collision with boy on bike in Henrico
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UPDATE: Man faces charges for eluding police prior to collision with boy on bike in Henrico

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Alexander Rashad Pettiford

Alexander Rashad Pettiford

A North Carolina man faces charges after authorities say he eluded police Sunday before he apparently was involved in a collision with a boy riding a bicycle in Henrico County’s Highland Springs area.

Around 11:10 a.m., the boy was struck by a motorcycle in the 100 block of North Beech Avenue, according to Henrico police. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and is in stable condition, police said.

Henrico police charged Alexander Rashad Pettiford, 27, of Fayetteville, N.C., with reckless driving.

Around 11 a.m., a Virginia State Police trooper had attempted to pull Pettiford over for speeding on southbound Interstate 295, police said. He was allegedly driving 97 mph in a 70 mph zone.

The motorcyclist refused to stop and sped away, taking Exit 31 off I-295 and turning on Nine Mile Road. The trooper lost sight of the motorcycle but stayed in the area, state police said in a statement.

Dispatch then notified the trooper that Henrico police were responding to a crash between a motorcycle and the boy nearby, where the trooper confirmed it was the same motorcycle .

Pettiford was charged with eluding police, having a concealed weapon, speeding, two counts of reckless driving and six traffic infractions.

arockett@timesdispatch.com

(804) 649-6527

Twitter: @AliRockettRTD

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