Virginia State Police Beat / Pot packing kidnapper rammed deputy in hit and run spree with stolen Honda
NEWPORT NEWS, VA. – Virginia State Police reports that Trooper C.A. Thompson is investigating an incident that involved two hit-and-run crashes and the intentional ramming of a City of Newport News, Va., Sheriff’s vehicle in Wythe County on Sept. 26, 2016.
Police say that shortly after 8:30 a.m., a 2010 Honda Odyssey ran off the road at Route 52 and Rose Hill Road in Wythe County. The minivan crashed through a fence and almost struck a house on the property. The Honda then fled the scene and got onto Interstate 81 at Exit 70.
Police say that at 8:55 a.m., as the suspect vehicle was heading south on Interstate 81 in Wythe County, the Honda rammed a Newport News Sheriff’s Office vehicle that was also traveling south on I-81. The impact of the crash caused the sheriff’s vehicle to spin off the right side of the interstate and strike the guardrail. The sheriff’s vehicle came to rest in the right shoulder facing the southbound traffic. Neither of the two deputies inside the vehicle was injured in the crash. Meanwhile, the Honda fled the crash scene and continued south on I-81.
Trooper Thompson had a “Be on the Lookout” broadcast to all regional law enforcement for the Honda. A Wythe County Deputy Sheriff assisting with the search spotted the suspect vehicle at a “park and ride” lot off Exit 80. The driver, Roy T. Crutchfield, 40, of Walterboro, S.C., was detained along with a 35-year-old female passenger. As a Wythe County Sheriff’s Deputy was assisting with the transport of the suspect driver, Crutchfield assaulted the deputy. Finally, detained, Crutchfield was transported to the New River Regional Valley in Dublin, Va.
Further investigation revealed the female passenger was an acquaintance of Crutchfield’s and was abducted by him on Sept. 25, 2016. The female passenger was not injured in the crashes.
It was also determined that Crutchfield had stolen the Honda Odyssey.
State Trooper Thompson has charged Crutchfield with one felony count of abduction, two felony counts of attempted capital murder, two felony counts of attempted manslaughter, one felony count of hit-and-run, one felony count of unauthorized use of a vehicle, one felony count of destruction of property, one misdemeanor count of hit-and-run, and one misdemeanor count of possession of marijuana.