According to Pound Police Chief Tony Baker, officers were given a BOLO (be on the lookout) from Dickenson County Dispatch about a stolen Chevrolet Equinox from Johnson Chevrolet at around 9:10 p.m. Wednesday.
Officers spotted the vehicle on State Route 83 headed towards downtown Pound. Police initiated a traffic stop near New People’s Bank on U.S. Business Route 23. The woman did not pull over and a pursuit began. Police said the vehicle was going about 75 mph in a 30 mph zone. The vehicle nearly hit the bridge at the Pound IGA.
The stolen vehicle came to a stop shortly after passing Brock’s Collision Repair. Officers ordered the driver to turn off the vehicle and show their hands, but the suspect took off again and was going about 75 mph in a 45 mph zone. The suspect turned right onto U.S. Route 23 northbound and sped up to 85 mph in a 55 mph zone.
The vehicle finally stopped at the U.S. Route 23 and South Fork intersection and the driver, 30-year-old Kristina Charles of Baxter, Tennessee, was arrested. Charles was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, felony eluding, reckless driving, driving without a license, and not wearing a seat belt. She was taken to the Duffield Regional Jail.