A Toyota Tacoma Truck was reported stolen in Patrick County. Henry County deputies located the vehicle shortly before noon today and gave chase through a number of back roads in the western end of Henry County near the Patrick County line. The driver abandoned the vehicle in the woods off Old Mayo Forge Road and fled on foot. Police are now looking for “Critter” Christopher Bowman, 31-years-old, brown hair, brown eyes, about 5-8 and wearing a ballcap.
From the Patrick County Sheriff’s Office:
A Stuart man was arrested Friday afternoon following a high speed pursuit, according to Sheriff Dan Smith. Christopher Wayne “Critter” Bowman, 31, was charged with multiple felonies after leading Patrick deputies on a pursuit in the county line area.
Smith stated that Bowman was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants and was also suspected of stealing a 2004 Toyota Tacoma earlier in the week. At approximately 12:45 PM Friday, Deputy Jacob Hubbard spotted Bowman operating the stolen truck and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle. Bowman allegedly disregarded Hubbard’s blue lights and siren and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit went from Patrick County into Henry County and eventually back into Patrick County. Deputy Jesse Pickeral and Major Garry Brown both became involved in the pursuit. Once back in Patrick County, Bowman allegedly stopped on Old Mayo Forge just off of Abram Penn Highway and fled from the vehicle on foot. By this time, the Virginia State Police and Henry County Sheriffs Office arrived to assist, and Bowman was apprehended a short time later by Henry County Deputy Matt Duffy. Smith stated that speeds reached in excess of 80 miles per hour.
Bowman was charged with Felony Eluding Law Enforcement, Driving on a Revoked License, Possession of Stolen Property, Possession of a Concealed Weapon by a Convicted Felon, and multiple outstanding warrants from both Patrick and Henry Counties. More charges are expected, according to Smith. Bowman is being held without bail in the Patrick County Jail.