Search drags on for chase suspect who leaped off bridge into Appomattox River

COLONIAL HEIGHTS, Va. — The search for a suspect who jumped into the Appomattox River after a police chase ended that started earlier Friday evening dragged into a third day on Sunday.

The incident started when a Virginia State Police trooper tried to stop a vehicle along the Boulevard in Colonial Heights for an equipment, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. When that vehicle did not stop, a chase ensued down the Boulevard.

Martin Luther Kings Bridge (Google Maps)

Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge (Google Maps)

The chase lasted only a minute and then the suspect stopped his vehicle on the Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge, which links Colonial Heights and Petersburg.

The suspect then jumped out of the car, ran to the right side of the bridge and then jumped into the Appomattox River.  Geller says that it is a 75 foot drop from the bridge to the river.

“There were about four or five cop cars shooting down,” said Gregory Burkhouse who lives nearby.

Police conducted  a massive search, combing the river looking for the suspect. The search was called off due to darkness but will resume first thing Saturday morning.

Petersburg Police, as well as the Chesterfield Fire and EMS Dive Team, joined the search effort. Additionally, a helicopter flew over the scene giving police an aerial view in the search.

Officials said the Virginia State Police Search & Recovery Team resumed searching Sunday morning for the missing suspect after state police divers spent more than nine hours searching the river Saturday.

 

16 comments

  • Glen Allen

    Of course if they told us what kind of car the suspect was driving and maybe a license plate, maybe the public could help the police with a possible ID of the suspect..

  • manalishi

    Just a word of advise to democrats trying to escape to Petersburg (home). Colonial Heights will take you down. Or (in this instance) you can try to swim the way you learned in the municipal pool. However, the fundamentals of diving are subject to the tides at this bridge. Therefore, your olympic attempt to escape justice were thwarted by none other than Darwin himself. Epic.

    • James Regal

      Hey Manalishi the Colonial hieghts police had nothing to do with this traffic stop he came out of petersrburg and was going into Colonial hieghts being chased by a state trooper!!!! get it right will ya dude….

      • manalishi

        “The incident started when a Virginia State Police trooper tried to stop a vehicle along the Boulevard in Colonial Heights for an equipment, according to Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller. When that vehicle did not stop, a chase ensued down the Boulevard.” YOU stand corrected. ” get it right will ya dude….”

    • Clayton Bigsby

      He saved the tax payers a lot of money. I think the next time I drive over that bridge I will urinate off the bridge in his honor.

    • Dave

      Because they “tried to stop a vehicle along the Boulevard in Colonial Heights for an equipment,”. Some poor reporting, but they do proofread the comments enough to remove my last two.

  • Hydro

    My God. Who is publishing these stories on this website! Go back to school and learn some grammer and spelling. My head hurts from trying to read just 2 articles on here.

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