An Augusta County man is in jail today after leading police nearly 6 miles from Waynesboro to Stuarts Draft on a chase. Just after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 3, a Waynesboro police officer attempted to pull over the driver of a vehicle for having improper registration. The officer also had information that the driver, Larry Eugene Hurt Jr., 35, possessed a large amount of methamphetamine.
Instead of pulling over, Hurt accelerated in his Toyota pickup truck, heading south on Lyndhurst Road toward Augusta County. When Hurt drove over the Lyndhurst Road bridge crossing the South River, the officer saw him throw a black bag out of the truck. Waynesboro police later recovered the bag, which had methamphetamine and instruments to help distribute it, inside. Police officials say the bag had an estimated 35 grams of methamphetamine inside.
Hurt meanwhile continued to travel out of the city, with police in pursuit. Eventually two additional officers and a Virginia state trooper joined in the chase as Hurt crossed over into Stuarts Draft.
The chase ended soon after, as Hurt lost control of his truck and was hit by the Waynesboro police car directly behind him. Even with the truck damaged, Hurt refused to come out of the vehicle, eventually having to be forcibly removed. Once he was taken into custody, officers found two knives, a stun gun and brass knuckles on Hurt, along with more than $1,300 in cash.
Hurt was charged with four felonies after the incident. That includes possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, possession of a concealed weapon, namely brass knuckles, after having been convicted of a felony, possession of a stun weapon after having been convicted of a felony and disregarding a signal by law enforcement to stop, then eluding police. He also faces charges for resisting arrest and driving on a suspended license.
The police car that ran into Hurt’s truck sustained an estimated $1,700 worth of damage in the crash, while the truck was undamaged. Hurt is being held without bond at Middle River Regional Jail.