VSP arrest fugitive who had fled in stolen tow truck during pursuit

WINDSOR, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Police have arrested a man who led troopers on a vehicle pursuit in Windsor last week.

Sergeant Michelle Anaya said, May 18 around 5:15 p.m. a trooper pulled over a 2007 Lexus on westbound Route 460 for traveling 74 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Before approaching the Lexus, Anaya said the trooper confirmed the driver was 23-year-old Joel D. Futrell, who was wanted by the Hampton Police Division. When the trooper exited his vehicle to arrest the driver, the Lexus sped away and a pursuit started.

Anaya said the pursuit started near Route 600 and continued east on Route 460 until the Lexus crashed into an Acura SUV that had slowed for traffic. The driver jumped out of the Lexus, ran to a nearby wrecker company and stole a tow truck, according to police.

Anaya said troopers ended the pursuit to help the Acura driver, and the suspect got away, traveling east on Route 460. The Acura driver suffered minor injuries.

The trooper was involved in a collision with an additional vehicle on Route 460. Neither the driver of that vehicle nor the trooper received injuries, Anaya said.

Futrell was wanted for speeding, felony elude, reckless driving, hit-and-run, driving while suspended and grand larceny. State police said the suspect was driving a stolen rollback tow truck, red in color, with the words “Hardy’s Towing” on the side.

He was arrested in North Carolina by North Carolina Highway Patrol. Futrell was taken to Caswell County Jail and is being held until his extradition back to Virginia.

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