VSP identify motorcycle pursuit suspect, still searching for his whereabouts

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LOUSIA COUNTY, Va. – State Police have identified a Surry County man as the suspect who led a VSP trooper on a high-speed pursuit through Louisa County on Monday, August 8.

Justin Eugene Abney, 28, is wanted on multiple charges related to the pursuit: one felony count of eluding police; reckless driving; improper registration; no motorcycle endorsement; and for failing to pay the uninsured motorist fee.

Justin Eugene Abney, 28

Justin Eugene Abney, 28

Police said the incident happened around 5:23 p.m. last Monday.

State Police said a Trooper spotted a Honda CBR1000rr with a Repsol paint scheme on radar traveling 102 mph while heading east on Interstate 64 at the 147 mile marker. The posted speed limit is 70 mph.

When the trooper initiated a traffic stop a traffic stop, police say Abney refused to stop and sped away increasing his speed to 120 mph.

Honda CBR1000rr with a Repsol paint scheme

Honda CBR1000rr with a Repsol paint scheme

A pursuit was began, but the trooper terminated it 12 miles later. Abney continued east on I-64.

After an investigation and tips from the public, Abney was identified.

“I especially want to thank the public for helping us identify this suspect,” said Trooper Martin Kriz. “More than a dozen tips came in on this individual and were essential to confirming his identification and helping advance this investigation.”

Anyone with information concerning Abney’s whereabouts is asked to please contact the Virginia State Police Richmond Division at 804-553-3445 or by dialing #77 on a cell phone or by email to questions@vsp.virginia.gov.