Man held without bond following chase

Posted: April 11, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A Woodstock man is being held without bond in Warren County on charges related to a high-speed pursuit that resulted in a Middletown police officer crashing his cruiser and sustaining minor injuries, along with his canine partner.

Devon Renard Gray, 42, of the 400 block of North Water Street, is charged in Frederick County General District Court with possession of marijuana (a first offense), driving a motor vehicle with a revoked or suspended license and eluding police.

He was arrested Friday after more than a week on the loose and appeared in court via video Tuesday, when he was denied bond.

According to court documents, Gray also has charges pending in Warren County General District Court, Roanoke City Court and Shenandoah General District Court.

The Frederick County charges stem from a March 28 incident in which Gray took off during a traffic stop.

When he was stopped in the 8100 block of Valley Pike for defective equipment, officers discovered Gray was driving on a suspended license, had possession of marijuana and had felony narcotics warrants from two other jurisdictions in Virginia.

During the stop, Gray drove off in his 2008 silver Hyundai Elantra, heading south on U.S. 11. Cpl. Daniel Minili — who filed the criminal complaint in the case — stated that he pursued the vehicle, reaching speeds of 80 to 100 mph.

The pursuit continued into Shenandoah County, crossing over Interstate 81, where Gray struck a guardrail and a tractor-trailer while passing on the right shoulder, according to the complaint.

Gray then continued through Strasburg at speeds of 60 to 90 mph in a working construction site on Main Street.

The chase continued past the town limits, where Gray hit his brakes and “almost came to an immediate stop,” causing the officer to crash into his vehicle.

The police cruiser then veered to the right, traveled up an embankment, rolling over onto its side and stopping in the middle of U.S. 11, according to the complaint.

Gray continued in his vehicle, eventually abandoning it and fleeing.

Middletown Police Chief Philip Breeden previously said the officer and his dog received minor injuries from the crash.

Gray is scheduled to be back in Frederick County General District Court at 9:30 a.m. July 5.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com