TAZEWELL COUNTY, VA (WOAY) – A Princeton man is in jail after leading police on a pursuit.
At 4 p.m. on April 28, Virginia State Police responded to assist the Tazewell Police Department with a pursuit of a 2012 Audi. The pursuit continued south on Route 19 into Russell County. The pursuit vehicle then turned around and headed back north on Route 19 and then continued east on Route 460.
The suspect vehicle took the exit into the Town of Bluefield where it crashed and struck a 2019 Kia Sorento on Virginia Avenue/Rte 19 at Luther Street.
The suspect driver, Brandon E. Rathburn, 22, of Princeton, W.Va., was taken into custody without further incident.
The driver of the Kia, a 75-year-old Bluefield, Va. male, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of serious injuries. A 77-year-old female passenger was also transported to the hospital for treatment of a minor injury.
During the course of the pursuit, the suspect vehicle struck two state police vehicles. Only one of those struck suffered a minor injury.
State police arrested Rathburn for DUID and charged him with malicious wounding of a police officer and one count of felony eluding police.
Tazewell Police, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Russell County Sheriff’s Office, and Bluefield, Va. Police worked with state police during the course of the pursuit.