VSP arrest a N.Y. man after a chase that started in Shenandoah Co.

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report by email the arrest of a New York man after a chase that began in Shenandoah County.

The Freeville New York man faces numerous charges following the chase that started in Shenandoah and ended in Rockbridge County.

The incident began October 11 just past 9 a.m. when a Toyota Camry driven by Jacob D. Falso stopped along the side of 81 in Shenandoah County in front of a disabled tractor trailer.

The 30-year-old Falso armed with a knife, ran to the tractor trailer and broke open the driver side window.

The knife-wielding Falso robbed the driver and attempted to highjack the tractor trailer.

A State Trooper happened on the scene as it was unfolding.

The trooper encountered Falso armed with the knife and refusing commands to stop.

Falso ran back to his Camry and sped off continuing down 81 south.

The trooper issued a be on the look out for the Toyota and checked on the tractor trailer driver to ensure he was not injured.

Shortly after the initial incident another trooper spotted Falso in Rockingham County on 81.

Once additional support arrived the pursuit went to Augusta County, but Falso still refused to stop.

During the pursuit the Toyota struck a FedEx truck and rammed two Virginia State Police vehicles.

After that Falso lost control of the Camry and crashed at mile marker 204 on Interstate 81 in Rockbridge County.

Once stopped Falso was taken into custody and taken to Augusta Health for medical evaluation.

After being cleared at Augusta Health Falso was taken to Middle River Jail where he remains in custody.

Shenandoah County is charging Falso with illegally stopping on the highway, robbery, carjacking and destruction of property.

In Augusta County Falso is charged with eluding, throwing a missile at an unoccupied vehicle, possession of a narcotic and destruction of property.

The missile charge stems from Falso throwing an unknown object at a State Trooper’s vehicle.

There were no injuries in the incident which remains under investigation.

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