UPDATE: Driver faces slew of charges after multiple crashes on Midlothian

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) - Officers took a 26-year-old man into custody after a wild scene on Midlothian Turnpike in Chesterfield County Wednesday morning.

When police attempted to stop Rahnel Warren Harris, of the 3000 block of Montrose Avenue in Richmond, as he was headed east on Midlothian Turnpike toward Richmond, he crashed into one vehicle, jumped the median and hit two other vehicles in the westbound lanes near Kroger and Krispey Kreme, according to CBS 6 reporter Raymond Hawkes who witnessed the crashes.

Police pursuit ends in shopping center parking lot. (PHOTO: Raymond Hawkes)

Police pursuit ends in shopping center parking lot. (PHOTO: Raymond Hawkes)

Harris jumped out of his car and ran, throwing objects out of his pockets, Hawkes said.

Police took the suspect into custody outside Panera Bread on Midlothian Turnpike near Chippenham Parkway.

Police have not yet said why they were following the suspect.

After the suspect was taken into custody, police searched the parking lot for evidence.

Police said Wednesday afternoon that Harris was facing numerous charges, including Felony Distribution of Cocaine,
Felony Elude, Felony Hit and Run, Felony Distribution of Schedule IV Drugs, Misdemeanor Elude, Dangling Object, No Insurance,
Driving on a Suspended/Revoked License 3rd/Subsequent Offense and Outstanding Capias from Chesterfield

Harris, who is being held under no bond at the Chesterfield County Jail, is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.


  • Donna Wade

    Police chases never end well. How about they get the license plate # and arrest the dude later? — oh but that would be sensible and no one would get hurt and police would have to use common sense!

    • mike griffin

      Because most of the time its a stolen car, so getting plate number wouldnt help in catching the fleeing suspect

    • KB

      After looking at your Facebook page, I will say that it is so very Christian of you to criticize the police officers for doing their jobs and judging them for what they do when you yourself have neither the capability nor desire to do it yourself. You and Jesus do not share much in your attitude toward others.

  • Sexcnva

    Why jump out of the car and throw objects out of your pocket when all you had to do is stop and let them search you and the car? You ended up getting caught anyway, now you have another charge against you that could have been avoided by doing right!

  • Debbie

    Unfortunately, that area of Midlothian Turnpike is SWARMING with drug dealers (primarily crack), prostitutes, and of course addicts – especially in and around the motels. Hopefully, it was a dealer who was arrested. I lost someone I once cared very much for due to their addiction and the drug activity right there on Midlo. Sad.

  • Belsma

    Clover Hill mall?? Hahaha. Clover Leaf mall probably closed before reporter was even born! @ Debbie, trying to clean the place up, I go to that Panera as that is the closest one to the Bon Air area, but further down is very bad, even if just 5 blocks. So sorry for your loss.

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