The Franklin News-Post|
P. O. Box 250
310 Main Street, SW
Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151
Willie Ed Clark III
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
A Roanoke man was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury Monday on five felony charges and one misdemeanor in connection with a police chase on June 25 in which officers fired shots at the suspect's vehicle.
Willie Ed Clark III, 25, is charged with stealing a 2011 Jeep Cherokee from Berglund Chevrolet in Roanoke, larceny of $65 worth of gasoline from a Boones Mill convenience store (misdemeanor), eluding a police officer, two counts of attempting malicious wounding of a police officer, and destroying property belonging to Franklin County.
The car chase began about 3:30 p.m. on June 25 when officers were alerted to a report that a black male driving a white sport utility vehicle left the convenience store without paying for gasoline, according to Sgt. Rob Carpentieri with the Virginia State Police.
A Franklin County deputy and a Rocky Mount police officer located the vehicle traveling south on U.S. 220, according to police reports. The two officers followed the SUV when it turned onto Cassell Drive, across from the 619 Minute Market.
While attempting to stop the Jeep, the suspect allegedly rammed the deputy's car on two separate occasions, according to police reports. The deputy was not seriously injured, according to Capt. Harry Clingenpeel with the sheriff's office.
During the pursuit, the officers fired shots at the tires of the suspect's vehicle, Carpentieri said.
The officers finally stopped the SUV and apprehended the suspect at the end of Blue Ridge Court, according to police reports.