Pursuit leads to arrest of Staunton man

staunton virginiaAugusta County Sheriff’s deputies pursued a vehicle into Staunton Wednesday morning, and the vehicle crashed into a residence on the 100-block of Thomas Street, causing damage to the home.

The driver, Barry Wayne Booth, 35, of Harrisonburg, fled on foot and was not located at that time. At approximately 2 p.m. the Staunton Police Department received information that this male suspect was attempting to force entry into a residence on Ellendin Avenue. Shortly after, additional information was received indicating that the male had stolen a vehicle from a female on Cardinal Street.

Responding Staunton officers located this vehicle and attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Morris Mill Road. The male fled from Staunton Police and led officers on a pursuit for approximately 20 minutes before crashing near Boy Scout Lane in Swoope.

Booth was arrested near the scene of this crash and charged with carjacking, breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, felony hit and run, felony eluding law enforcement, and driving on a revoked/DUI related driver’s license.

He is currently being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.


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