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New York man charged in attempted carjacking of truck driver on Interstate 81

Chris Graham
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An upstate New York man faces multiple charges after a brazen attempted carjacking that left a tractor-trailer driver injured.

Jacob D. Falso, 30, of Freeville, N.Y., is in custody in Middle River Regional Jail in Augusta County after a pursuit that began in Shenandoah County and continued down the Interstate 81 corridor through Rockingham County and Augusta County before ending in Rockbridge County.

According to Virginia State Police, Falso stopped his 2004 Toyota Camry on the shoulder of I-81 in front of a tractor-trailer that had become disabled and had stopped on the shoulder shortly before 9 a.m. on Wednesday.

According to the driver, Falso ran up to the cab of the tractor-trailer and broke out the driver’s side window. Armed with a knife, Falso robbed the driver and attempted to carjack the vehicle.

As a state trooper pulled up to the scene, he encountered Falso standing on the shoulder of I-81 still armed with the knife. Falso refused to comply with the trooper’s commands to drop the knife and instead ran back to the Toyota and sped off southbound on I-81.

The trooper checked on the driver of the tractor-trailer to be sure he was not injured and in need of medical attention. The trooper then issued a “Be On the Lookout” alert to area law enforcement for the Toyota.

Minutes later, another state trooper located the Toyota on I-81 near the 244 mile marker in Rockingham County. The trooper waited for additional law enforcement and initiated a traffic stop at the 227 mile marker in Augusta County, but Falso refused to comply and sped away continuing south on I-81.

During the course of the pursuit, the Toyota struck a FedEx truck and rammed two Virginia State Police patrol vehicles.

The Toyota continued south on I-81 until Falso lost control at the 204 mile marker in Rockbridge County and crashed.

Falso was taken into custody at the scene of the accident in Rockbridge County without further incident.

Police transported Falso to Augusta Health for a medical evaluation.

He is currently being held at the Middle River Regional Jail.

In Shenandoah County, State Police charged Falso with one count of robbery, one count of carjacking, one count of destruction of property, and for illegally stopping on the highway.

In Augusta County, state police charged Falso with one felony count of eluding police, one count of throwing a missile at an unoccupied vehicle, one count of destruction of property and one count of illegal possession of a Schedule I/II narcotic.

The “missile” was an unknown object thrown by Falso at one of the state trooper’s vehicles during the course of the pursuit.

There were no injuries in the two crashes that occurred during the course of the pursuit.

The Augusta County Sheriff’s Office assisted state police during the pursuit.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].