Man arrested after car chase near Axton

Man arrested after car chase near Axton
Marcus Ledell Prunty / HCSO

On June 3, 2024, at 10:35 am, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office was pursuing a stolen 2007 yellow Toyota sedan and was heading towards Henry County on Axton Rd. A Deputy from the Henry County Sheriff’s Office intercepted the vehicle on Axton Road, near A.L. Philpott Hwy. in Henry County.

When the deputy began pursuing the suspect, the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle turned right onto A.L. Philpott Hwy. and continued heading eastbound into Pittsylvania County. During the time the suspect vehicle was on A.L. Philpott, it swerved recklessly in and out of traffic, with speeds reaching 100 miles per hour. The pursuit continued on A.L Philpott Hwy. until it reached Stoney Mill Road.

While the pursuit was on Stoney Mill Road, the Henry County Sheriff’s Office Deputy successfully performed a Precision Immobilization Technique (P.I.T. Maneuver) on the suspect vehicle. Once the vehicle came to a stop, the driver fled on foot, and he was subsequently apprehended a short time later without incident.

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Marcus Ledell Prunty. Marcus Prunty, 51 years of age and is currently homeless. Prunty was charged with the following offenses by the Henry County Sheriff’s Office: Felony eluding police, and driving under the influence.

Additionally, Prunty had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant from Pittsylvania County, and he was served on that charge. He is currently being held at the Henry County Adult Detention Center without bond.

Multiple agencies were involved in this pursuit. The Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office, Caswell County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police, and Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office remains committed to ensuring the safety of our community and will continue to work diligently with neighboring jurisdictions to apprehend individuals who pose a threat to public safety. Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at (276) 638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-Crime (632-7463).