CARROLL COUNTY (WSLS 10) – Carroll County deputies are on a manhunt, after a suspect stole a car near Galax drove it car head-on into a deputy’s vehicle and then led deputies on a foot chase.
“It’s quiet, quiet pretty much a few four-wheelers coming up and down here every once in a while,” said Steve Waller, who lives in the area.
Waller has lived in Carroll County for five years and said he’s never really seen anything bad happening in the area.
“It’s a community where everybody is kind of friends with everybody,” Waller said.
Waller is shocked to learn that according to Carroll County Sheriff JB Gardner, the office received a call about a stolen gray Pontiac shortly at 9 p.m. on Wednesday.
Deputies found a car matching that description on Photo Lane and when deputies arrived the suspect driving the Pontiac tried to escape and drove past one deputy, but hit another deputy’s vehicle.
The suspect then hit a wooden porch on a home and sped down Mount Zion Road, nearly hitting another deputy’s vehicle.
The deputy whose car was hit, fired shots to try and stop the suspect, but he turned at Mill Hill Road dove down a driveway into the woods and then ran away.
Deputies tried to follow but couldn’t because of the thick woods and fog.
K-9 crews were called in to help but the man has not been found, the sheriff however said he’s glad his deputy wasn’t seriously hurt.
“It’s crazy, there’s no sense in that, it’s just a stolen vehicle, you don’t have to put people’s lives in danger and it’s completely unnecessary,” Gardner said.
In the meantime, the sheriff said deputies will patrol the area to gain information on the suspect.
They said they don’t have any information, including name, but they believe it’s a man.
The deputy has been treated and released from the hospital and will be on administration leave because of firing a weapon which Virginia State Police will investigate.