GATE CITY — Scott County authorities were forced to use spike strips to end a high-speed pursuit through the Weber City and Gate City areas Sunday morning that left a Southwest Virginia man facing multiple charges.
Wesley Ray Whitman, 27, 912 Butterfly Lane, Big Stone Gap, is facing charges of felony reckless eluding, DUI-drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.
Scott County Sheriff John Puckett said the pursuit covered much of the same route as an April 2013 high-speed chase that left a Virginia State Police trooper severely injured with spinal cord damage.
The incident involving Whitman allegedly began at 6:04 a.m. Sunday on U.S. Route 23 when a Weber City police officer stopped a 2002 Nissan he was driving.
Whitman reportedly pulled over but then sped off from the scene as the officer approached his vehicle.
With officers from the Scott County Sheriff’s Office and Weber City Police Department in pursuit, Whitman allegedly drove north on U.S. 23 to Gate City before turning onto Kane Street and Jackson Street in the downtown area.
Whitman then allegedly drove north on Daniel Boone Road just outside of Gate City.
At that point, Puckett said Whitman drove over a spike strip placed at the intersection of Daniel Boone and U.S. 23 by an SCSO deputy.
Authorities said Whitman continued fleeing onto Robinette Valley Road, despite the strips flattening both tires on the passenger side of his vehicle.
Although spikes caused his tires to disintegrate, Whitman allegedly drove three more miles before turning into a private driveway and sliding into a ditch.
Whitman allegedly ran from the wreck and was pursued on foot by a Scott County officer.
Whitman was reportedly tased and taken into custody by the SCSO following a short struggle.
Puckett said Whitman is being held without bond in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Duffield.