LOUISA COUNTY, VA (WJHL) – Two people from the Tri-Cities region are behind bars and have been charged after a pursuit that led to shots being fired on Interstate 64 in Louisa County Saturday afternoon with Virginia State Police.
Authorities say the incident happened before 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Virginia State Police Trooper initiated a traffic stop on a Honda Civic traveling west on Interstate 64 near the 160 mile marker in Louisa County. The Honda came through the Trooper’s radar at 84 mph where the posted speed limit is 70 miles per hour.
According to State Police, the Honda refused to stop and sped away in excess of 100 miles per hour, a pursuit was initiated. Moments into the pursuit the Honda’s male passenger began shooting at the trooper in pursuit. The trooper’s Ford Taurus was struck twice, once in the grill and once in passenger side mirror.
The Trooper involved in the incident was not struck by bullets or injured.
The suspect vehicle then took the Shannon Hill Exit 148. When she tried to turn right, the driver lost control, ran off the road and crashed into several trees. The Trooper apprehended the female driver and male passenger without further incident.
Both suspects were taken to UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville for treatment of non-life threatening injuries sustained in the crash. The trooper never fired his weapon during the course of the shooting. A firearm was recovered from the Honda.
State police tell News Channel 11 that 33-year-old Mistri Griffith, 33 from Kingsport, Tennessee was the driver of the Honda has been charged with reckless driving and possession of a stolen vehicle.
The passenger, 32-year-old Paul Zamorano, also from Kingsport has been charged with shooting at an occupied motor vehicle, reckless handling of a firearm, maliciously shoot at occupied law enforcement vehicle, attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer, felony elude, possession of a stolen vehicle and abduction.
The incident remains under investigation by the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Richmond Field Office.
State police were assisted in the pursuit by the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office and Goochland County Sheriff’s Office.
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