Maserati driver, passenger arrested after I-95 high-speed chase

RICHMOND, Va. -- Charges are pending against the driver of a Maserati who sped away from police as they attempted a traffic stop in Chesterfield County.

Braxton A. Francis, 23, of Boynton Beach, Florida was charged with 5 counts of Felony elude, 1 count of Felony of forgery of blank checks, and Driving without an operators license.

A female passenger identified as Lexus Jageman, 19, of Boynton Beach, Florida was also arrested and charged with 1 count of Felony of forgery of blank checks, and 1 count of Possession of a Schedule I and II drug.

Jageman is being held at Meherrin River Regional Jail in Brunswick County.

Francis is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.

Braxton A. Francis and Lexus Jageman

Braxton A. Francis and Lexus Jageman

Around 10:30 a.m., a Virginia State Trooper activated his lights for a traffic stop after he saw a Maserati recklessly changing lanes while traveling on I-95 south in Chesterfield .

The Maserati pulled off to the shoulder near Willis Road, but sped away as the trooper approached the car on foot.

A chase ensued between the driver and the trooper along I-95 south with the Maserati passing vehicles on the shoulder and reaching excessive speeds.

The Maserati

The Maserati

State police eventually  deployed stinger spike strips across the southbound lanes of I-85 at the Alberta Scales in Brunswick County, flattening the Maserati's tires and bringing the car to a stop.

Charges are pending against the driver, as the incident remains under investigation.  No crashes or injuries resulted from the pursuit.

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