Two sheriff’s deputies were nearly struck by a driver and a third officer crashed his cruiser during a busy weekend for law enforcement.
Sarah White, 36, of Mechanicsville was charged with two counts of attempted malicious injury. She allegedly drove at deputies Jonathan Said and Corey Ayers as they tried to stop her in the town of Mineral early in the morning on July 19. White also faces charges of driving while intoxicated, eluding police and speeding.
In the other incident, a deputy reportedly crashed his vehicle on the side of Bagby Road at 11:17 p.m. on July 20. Det. Chuck Love, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said he would not provide details about the crash because Virginia State Police is investigating. The deputy was not seriously injured.
“Any time a county vehicle is involved in a crash, state police investigates it,” Love said.
The chase involving White began with an attempt at a traffic stop on Davis Highway (Rt. 22) at 5:58 a.m. White failed to pull over and the officers pursued her into the town of Mineral, according to Love.
At one point White drove through a resident’s yard on West Tenth Street. She slowed briefly and the officers jumped out, ordering her to stop. They were forced back into their vehicles as her car approached them.
The deputies continued to pursue White on a half-hour chase around Louisa and into Hanover County before she stopped in a field. The suspect drove on a flat tire for at least part of the chase. The chase reached speeds of 75 to 82 miles per hour.
White is being held at Central Virginia Regional Jail and is scheduled to appear in Louisa General District Court on Aug. 1.