WAVERLY, Va. (WTVR) – Closing train track gates helped police in Sussex County, Virginia end a chase that reached speeds over 100 miles per hour, said Waverly Police Chief Kevin Lands.
A Sussex County Sheriff’s Deputy was on a traffic stop Thursday around noon when he reported nearly being hit by a passing Honda Accord, investigators said.
The deputy radioed the information to Waverly Police Officer Mark Lilly who then clocked the car driving 79 mph in a 45 mph zone, police said. As police gave chase, the Honda reached speeds of 105 mph in a 55 mph zone, they said.
“The vehicle was moving from the left-hand to the right-hand lane,” Lilly said, “and also crossing the double yellow line.”
Lilly said he believed the driver put many people in danger during the high-speed chase.
“Not only did this person endanger the lives of my fellow officers, as well as the responding officers from the other jurisdictions,” he said, “but also the people that were driving on the road.”
Police ended up blocking three intersections, which forced the driver to turn left onto Rives Road.
That’s when train track gates came down to block road, forcing the driver to stop.
Police pulled the driver, Audreanna Transou, out of the car.
Transou, 20, of Virginia Beach was charged with reckless driving, resisting arrest and possession of false identification.
She was held at Sussex County Jail on a $10,000 bond.