VSP: Traffic stop in Bristol, Va. results in two arrests

Joshua William Clark

BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) – Virginia State Police officials said two people were charged after they tried to elude troopers during a traffic stop in Bristol, Va. Wednesday.

According to a VSP news release, a trooper stopped a 2006 Lincoln Navigator at the corner of East Valley Drive and Route 11 in Bristol, Va.

When the Navigator pulled over, the driver and the passenger in the front seat ran away from the area and the trooper called State Police dispatch to ask for help in locating the two individuals.

According to the release, when the trooper approached the vehicle to speak with the two males in the backseat, one of the males reportedly crawled out of the driver’s side window and fell to the ground.

When the trooper tried to apprehend the subject — later identified as Joshua W. Clark, 34, of Bristol, Va. — allegedly became combative and the trooper used his pepper spray to arrest him.

According to VSP, the trooper and Clark were not injured in the incident.

Clark was charged with one felony count of assault on a police officer, one misdemeanor count of eluding police and one count of resisting arrest.

Bristol, Va. Police Department and Washington County Sheriff’s Office located the two other subjects a short time later near the traffic stop.

Both were taken into custody. One of the subjects — identified as Benjamin B. Roberts, also of Bristol, Va. — was charged with one misdemeanor count of eluding police.

VSP said charges are pending against the other male subject at this time.

The fourth man in the vehicle was seated in the back and never tried to run away. VSP said that man was not charged.

VSP said the incident remains under investigation.

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