A police chase raced halfway across Wise County, narrowly missed collision with two school buses and ended in a local man’s arrest May 22.
According to a May 23 Wise County Sheriff’s Office press release, Brendon Austin Caige Hill, 18, of Appalachia, was being held without bond at the Duffield regional jail on charges of driving under the influence, fleeing law enforcement, resisting arrest, possessing a concealed weapon, reckless endangerment, obstructing justice, driving on the wrong side of the road and failing to maintain control of the vehicle.
The incident began at about 3:40 p.m. May 22 when a deputy was flagged down on Kent Junction Road near Appalachia and informed of a stolen vehicle.
Once the deputy relayed the information, another deputy spotted the vehicle on Birchfield Road at Wise and tried to stop it. Hill allegedly passed a school bus and drove through a yard, then turned onto Stevens Street.
Another school bus approached. The deputy used his vehicle to push the other vehicle away from a head-on collision with the bus.
Hill tried to drive away, struck a house, jumped out of the car and ran. The deputy detained two other people in the car.
Police from the town of Wise and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise caught Hill a short distance away.
Officers found a handgun, a methamphetamine smoking device and unidentified pills.
According to the release, Hill told deputies “that he had smoked a lot of meth earlier.”