Man speeds, drives in wrong lanes to avoid police

SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) –  To elude state police, a man drove north in southbound lanes on I-95 and sped over 100 mph Sunday morning, troopers say.

Officers tried to pull over Mario Marvel Pegram, 33, around 7:30 a.m. Nov. 30 for reckless driving near mile marker 16 in Sussex County, but Pegram didn’t stop and kept on speeding, the release stated. The 33-year-old at one point crossed over the grassy median and started driving the opposite direction of traffic while still going over 100 mph.

Pegram then headed north in the southbound lanes of the interstate, and state police followed the suspect driving parallel in the northbound lanes radioing other troopers to pull him over on the southbound side.

While the Richmond resident tried to drive around cars coming head on, he lost control and flipped several times, according to authorities. He didn’t hit any other vehicles and suffered minor injuries. Pegram then was taken into custody.

Officers said they are still investigating the scene. Pegram was treated at Southside Hospital in Petersburg.

Pegram, from the 8200 block of Uxbridge Court in Richmond, was charged with felony elude, reckless driving by speed of 105/70 mph and driving while suspended, which is a third offense. He is being held by secured bond.

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