A WEST VIRGINIA MAN ARRESTED AFTER POLICE CHASE THAT STARTED IN TAZEWELL COUNTY THAT SENT TWO PEOPLE TO THE HOSPITAL
A West Virginia man has been arrested after a police chase in Tazewell County that sent two people to the hospital. The Virginia State Police reports that 22-year-old Brandon Rathburn, of Princeton, West Virginia, was arrested on Tuesday following the chase. The VSP says that troopers were called to assist the Tazewell Police Department in pursuing Rathburn who was in a 2012 Audi. The chase continued south on Route 19 into Russell County, then Rathburn allegedly turned around and headed north where the pursuit continued east on Route 460. The Audi then took the exit into Bluefield where VSP says it crashed and hit a 2019 Kia Sorento on Virginia Avenue. Rathburn was taken into custody following the crash. The driver of the Kia, a 75-year-old man from Bluefield, was transported to the hospital for serious injuries. A 77-year-old female passenger was also transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Over the course of the chase, Rathburn hit two VSP vehicle, causing one trooper to suffer a minor injury. Rathburn is charged with DUID, malicious wounding of a police officer, and one count of felony eluding police.