A Waynesboro man led police on a chase Wednesday morning that ended in Albemarle County with multiple arrests.
Waynesboro police had received a tip that a man with an outstanding warrant from Maryland was in the area. Upon investigation, they found Jonathan Woodard, 29, near South Delphine Avenue. Woodard, a Baltimore resident, had warrants from Maryland for violating his probation by leaving the state. He had been on probation after pleading guilty to an armed robbery that took place in April of 2009, where Woodard had stolen less than $500 and been charged with second degree assault. The charges were the latest in a number of violations committed by Woodard in Maryland, ranging from drug possession charges and another armed robbery charge in 2002 to stealing a car that same year, court records state.
Woodard escaped from Waynesboro police in a 1999 black Ford Expedition driven by a friend. That friend, Waynesboro resident Shannon D. Burton, 31, also had an outstanding warrant on charges of grand larceny in Waynesboro.
Waynesboro police pursued the vehicle, which crossed over into Albemarle County after a mile of the chase. They were joined by Albemarle County officers, along with members of the Virginia State Police. The chase ended at the 4900 block of Plank Road in the North Garden area, as Burton voluntarily stopped the vehicle, according to Waynesboro Sgt. Brian Edwards.
Edwards said there were five children also in the vehicle, ranging in age from one to 10 years old. He didn’t know their relationship, if any, to the two men. Edwards said all five children have been returned to their mother.
Calls to the Virginia State Police were not returned by press time.
Albemarle County police spokeswoman Carter Johnson said county authorities joined Waynesboro and state police in the pursuit after being alerted at about 8:30 a.m.
“We were prepared to deploy tire deflation devices,” Johnson said.
“Anytime you have a pursuit like this, it’s dangerous and risky … We’re pleased that it ended the way it did," Johnson said.
Burton faces one felony count of eluding police, five felony counts of child endangerment and one misdemeanor count of aiding and abetting a fugitive, in addition to the open warrant. Woodard meanwhile was also charged with five felony counts of child endangerment. Both men are being held without bond at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Edwards said there would be no charges coming from Waynesboro Police.
“Very little of the pursuit took place in Waynesboro, maybe a mile,” Edwards said.”All of the charges the officers witnessed happened in Albemarle County, so that’s why no additional charges were filed.”