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High speed chase through Frederick County
An email from Virginia State Police reports pursuit of a Chrysler on Interstate 81 from mile marker 303 to exit 302 at high rates of speed.
At one point the Chrysler slammed on its breaks causing a tractor trailer to slam into its rear.
Using the emergency crossover the Chrysler sped back onto northbound 81 and exited at the 302 location.
Speeds reached over 100 miles per hour down Reliance Road.
The Chrysler at one point crossed the double yellow line to pass several cars before losing control running off the road.
The Chrysler struck two trees which fell on the pursuing trooper’s vehicle.
A passerby assisted the trooper to remove the driver of the smoking and damaged Chrysler.
The driver of the Chrysler, Damon S. Smith of Winchester was taken to Winchester Medical Center for treatment of serious injuries.
The 38 year old Smith faces a number of charges including felony eluding, driving suspended and reckless driving.
Other charges include aggressive driving, operating an uninsured vehicle, expired registration and various infractions during the pursuit.
No other injuries were reported in the incident which remains under investigation.