The Franklin County Circuit Court recently sentenced a Virginia man to six years in prison. The man was convicted on two drug charges as well as one charge of eluding the police. However, three additional charges were dismissed.
A trooper with the Virginia State Police took the 26-year-old Rocky Mount resident into custody after he engaged an officer in a high-speed chase around 5:30 a.m. on Sept. 2, 2013. The trooper who detained the man said that he observed the man's vehicle driving northbound on U.S. Highway 220 just north of the Windy Ridge Road intersection. After a high-speed chase exceeding 100 mph, the man's vehicle crashed into a guard rail on the exit ramp to Doe Run Road before he tried to flee on foot. He suffered minor injuries in the accident and received treatment at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital before being taken into police custody.