Trooper injured in early morning pursuit

Published 6:50 pm Friday, March 12, 2021

A Gladys man was placed in custody following an early Friday, March 12, incident where he led a Virginia state trooper and Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy on a chase, repeatedly ramming the vehicles of both officers.

According to a press release from the Virginia State Police (VSP), Cordero L. Bradley, 32, was charged with attempted malicious bodily injury, eluding police, hit and run, reckless driving, attempted malicious bodily injury to a police animal, driving without a license and numerous other traffic infractions.

Trooper D.B. Meeks and his K-9 unit Bandit suffered minor injuries during the chase and received treatment. Meeks’ car was rammed by Bradley’s 2011 Volvo sedan so many times during the pursuit it became inoperable.

The chase began at 4:27 a.m. Friday, March 12 when Meeks responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle driving around private property on Ridgeway Farm Road in Charlotte County. When Meeks arrived on scene, a 2011 Volvo sedan was leaving the property. According to the release from VSP, the trooper activated his lights in an attempt to stop the Volvo, but the Volvo rammed the trooper’s vehicle and fled the scene at a high rate of speed. A pursuit was initiated.

The Volvo finally stopped in the 3300 block of Scuffletown Road, where the suspect fled on foot.

Meeks and his K-9 unit joined the Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputy to pursue the suspect on foot. They were assisted by Virginia State Police Aviation, additional state police K-9 units, K-9s from Halifax and Charlotte counties, as well as additional troopers and Charlotte County Sheriff’s deputies.

After tracking Bradley through the woods, the suspect was taken into custody without further incident along Chandler Forks Road.

The incident remains under investigation.