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Patrick County Deputy chases down suspect

Patrick County Deputy chases down suspect
Keith Allen Charles

A Stuart man was arrested following a motor vehicle pursuit early Monday, according to Sheriff Dan Smith.

At 9:30 AM, the Patrick County 911 Communications center received a call from a property owner on Big A School Road that someone had broken in to a storage building on their property. The caller confronted the white male suspect, who subsequently fled in a maroon Toyota pickup truck.

Investigator Oscar Tejeda spotted the suspect vehicle on New Hope Church Road and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The suspect allegedly began to recklessly elude Tejeda on New Hope Church, American Legion and Martin Farm Roads.

The pursuit ended approximately 1.5 miles later at 645 Martin Farm Road when the suspect stopped his vehicle and fled on foot.

Tejeda apprehended Keith Allen Charles, 34, of 645 Martin Farm Road, a short distance later.

Charles was charged with Breaking and Entering, Petit Larceny, Felony Eluding Law Enforcement, Obstruction of Justice and Destruction of Property. It was determined that Charles had allegedly stole the Toyota pickup from Henry County on Sunday. A felony charge of motor vehicle theft is pending in Henry County.

The pickup was returned to its rightful owner, according to the sheriff.

Investigator Tejeda is being assisted in the investigation by Investigator Jason Kruse and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office.

Charles is being held without bond in the Patrick County Jail.

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