Maryland man held after wild I-81 chase

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An Owings Mills, Md. man is behind bars on multiple charges in three Virginia counties after he allegedly led police on a wild chase that at times reached 100 miles per hour Monday.

Virginia State Police have charged Hardari R. Williams, 24, in Rockingham County with reckless driving, one felony count of eluding police and for not having a valid driver’s license. In Shenandoah County, state police has charged Williams with two counts of reckless driving, one felony count of eluding police and one felony count of hit-and-run.

The pursuit was started by the Augusta County Sheriff’s Office. As it continued north on Interstate 81 and entered Rockingham County at approximately 1:28 p.m., state police took over the pursuit and continued behind the fleeing Toyota Matrix until it finally crashed in the woods at the end of the ramp at Exit 296 in Shenandoah County.

The driver, Williams, then fled the scene on foot, police said. He was apprehended a short time later by state police. Williams was taken into custody without further incident.

During the course of the pursuit in Shenandoah County, the Toyota struck another vehicle. No one in that vehicle was injured.

Williams is being held at the Rappahannock Shenandoah Warren Regional Jail.

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