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High-speed pursuit damages two police cars

A Friday morning high-speed pursuit resulted in two mildly damaged police cars, according to information from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department.

Tyson Omar Robinson

A release from the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said a Charlotte County Deputy was running radar at the intersection of Highway 710 and 360 when Tyson Omar Robinson, 40, of California, came through headed eastbound at an excess speed of 84 mph in a 60 mph zone.

“The Deputy activated his emergency equipment and pursued the car east leaving Charlotte County and entering Prince Edward County,” said the release.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said Virginia State Police attempted to use spike sticks in the Meherrin area of Highway 360.

“The Virginia State Police were assisting the sheriff’s office with the pursuit and then became the lead agency once it left Charlotte County on Route 460,” said State Police Public Relations Manager Corinne Geller. “This was at about 8 a.m. Friday. The pursuit continued east on Route 460 with the suspect vehicle traveling in excess of 120 mph.”

She said the suspect’s vehicle took Route 360 and rammed two trooper vehicles before coming to a stop on 360 in Nottoway County, about 3 miles east of the Crewe exit.

The suspect driver was taken into custody at the scene.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office said the suspect’s car and two trooper vehicles were mildly damaged.

“Robinson was transported to the (Centra) Southside ER and released into the custody of a Charlotte County Deputy without injury,” said the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Department.

After being transported to the Charlotte County Jail, he was charged with eluding, exceeding a posted speed limit of 60 mph by over 20 mph and possession of a controlled substance.

Robinson also received charges from the Virginia State Police including reckless driving and exceeding the posted speed limit by over 20 mph and obstruction of justice in Nottoway County.

“Robinson is currently being held in the Charlotte County Jail with no bond pending advisement,” said the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office.