High speed chase ends in arrest

Published 8:00 am Thursday, August 25, 2022

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A high speed chase on Highway 360 in the Wylliesburg area of the county ended with the arrest of two wanted subjects from Maryland.

On Aug. 16, according to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy L. Moon observed a vehicle driving recklessly on Highway 360. As the deputy engaged his lights and siren, the motor vehicle attempted to flee, reaching speeds in excess of 120 mph. After a brief pursuit, the vehicle crashed into a guard rail, and the two occupants fled on foot.

The two individuals were apprehended by Deputies and assisting units with the Virginia Department of State Police.

Upon further investigation, the suspects were identified as Justin Xavier Tompkins, 22, and Earl Johnson, 24, both of Maryland.

Tompkins was wanted by Maryland authorities for 1st and 2nd Degree Assault and Reckless Endangerment. Johnson was wanted by Maryland authorities for a Probation Violation.

The vehicle used by the suspects to flee was reported stolen in Prince George County, Maryland.

Tompkins and Johnson also face charges in Charlotte County due to the incident.

Tompkins was charged with Reckless Driving, Disregarding Law Enforcement, No Driver’s License, and Buy and Receive Stolen Vehicle.

Johnson faced charges for Buy and Receive Stolen Vehicle.

A further investigation of the suspect’s vehicle resulted in the recovery of a large amount of credit/debit cards and other forms of fraudulent identification.

The investigation of these items is ongoing by the Sheriff’s Office, and charges are pending the completion of the investigation.