A Staunton man wanted by local police since March was arrested on Wednesday.
After a car chase, foot chase and time spent hiding suspect hiding inside a house, Jimmy Dean Bolenbarker, 34, of Staunton, was arrested and served with 12 felony warrants and eight misdemeanors.
Bolenbarker was sought by the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Staunton Police Department and the Virginia State Police for charges related to a stolen car, multiple drug possession charges and firearm possession charges.
On Monday, Bolenbarker took police on a car chase which began in Fishersville and ended after he crashed the 2013 Ford Focus near Greenville.
Bolenbarker escaped, but police received information that led them to a house on Blacksmith Shop Road in Greenville. On Tuesday, police searched the house with a search warrant. However, they didn’t find him.
Police returned to the house at about 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with another search warrant. Members of the Skyline Task Force, Augusta County Sheriff’s Office, Staunton Police, Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police were involved.
After securing the home, negotiators with Augusta County Sheriff’s Office tried to make contact with Bolenbarker and get him to surrender. The standoff activated the Augusta County SWAT team. They were assisted by the Staunton Police Department’s tactical robot.
At about 6:09 p.m., SWAT members found Bolenbarker hidden in the attic. He tried to leave the house through an attic eave, but was arrested. He was treated for the chemical exposure and then taken to Middle River Regional Jail.
Bolenbarker had warrants from January, March and June by the Staunton Police Department, Virginia State Police and Augusta County.
Felonies include two counts of possession of methamphetamine, distribution of meth, possession of a firearm and drugs, possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of Methlin, possession of Focalin, vehicle theft, receiving a stolen vehicle, stolen vehicle plates, hit and run and eluding.
Misdemeanors include two counts of driving on a suspended license, reckless driving, unregistered vehicle, uninsured vehicle, possession of marijuana, possession of Tramadol Hydrochloride and possession of Clonazepam.
During the car chase, after Bolenbarker wrecked and took off on foot, an unknown woman who was a passenger in the car drove the car a short distance until she then also fled on foot.
“The investigation is still ongoing, regarding the second suspect involved in Monday’s pursuit,” Augusta County Sheriff Donald L. Smith said.
Additional charges are pending for obstruction of justice for several people that helped Bolenbarker hide from police.