Police seek tow truck, driver

Published 8:46 pm Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Virginia State Police have obtained warrants for a Newport News man they say led them on a chase that resulted in two accidents and stole a tow truck on Monday evening in the Windsor area.

Joel Donte Futrell, 23, of the 500 block of Camertree Way, has been charged with hit and run, felony eluding, reckless driving, driving while suspended, grand larceny and speeding.

At about 5:18 p.m. on Monday, according to Sgt. Michelle Anaya, a Virginia State Trooper started a traffic stop on westbound Route 460 at Route 600 for a 2007 Lexus that was speeding at 74 miles per hour in a 55 mph zone. During the stop, the officer learned that Futrell was wanted by Hampton Police. But on making his approach for the arrest, the driver took off with the trooper in pursuit.

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The chase went east on 460 near Windsor when the Lexus crashed into an Acura SUV, which had slowed for traffic in the area in front of the post office. Futrell allegedly fled to a nearby wrecker company, stole a rollback tow truck and continued east on Route 460. The chase was stopped in order to help the Acura’s driver, who suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

First Sgt. R.D. Riddle, interim police chief in Windsor, said that his officers assisted in the incident.

State Police notified surrounding jurisdictions to be on alert for the stolen rollback tow truck, red in color, which has the wording “Hardy’s Towing” on the side.

During the pursuit, the trooper — in an attempt to slow down and avoid a collision with a slowing vehicle — hit another vehicle on Route 460, said Anaya. She added that the damage was minimal, and both the trooper and driver were uninjured.

Anyone with information regarding the stolen wrecker or the whereabouts of Futrell is encouraged to call Virginia State Police at 424-6800.