Another Pennsylvania man faces charges in Smyth County after Chilhowie police say he led them on a pursuit on Interstate 81 early Sunday morning in a car stolen out of Max Meadows.
Deputy Chief of Police Aaron Smith said the pursuit began around 1:30 a.m. after patrol officers noticed a car driving through the Chilhowie High School band field. The officers followed the vehicle through the field and saw the headlights turn off and the car turn onto Railroad Avenue.
When officers attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle fled, Smith said, running a stop sign and turning onto the interstate heading north. Officers with the Smyth County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police joined the pursuit.
Deputies were able to position their patrol cars in front of the fleeing vehicle in an attempt to slow it down. At one point, Smyth said, the driver tried to maneuver around a deputy’s vehicle, but when it changed lanes, it came into contact with a state police cruiser, causing the trooper to lose control and spin into a guard rail.
No one, including the trooper, was injured.
The chase came to an end near mile marker 47 in Marion and 28-year-old Timothy J. Schittler, of Temple Pennsylvania, was taken into custody without further incident. Inside the vehicle, police found a wrapper containing a substance that tested positive for cocaine and handgun ammunition. They later discovered the car, a red Toyota, had been reported stolen from the Max Meadows area of Wythe County.
Schittler told arresting officers he was on parole in Pennsylvania for eluding police.
In an unrelated incident on June 20, a man from New Cumberland, Pennsylvania was charged with eluding police and reckless driving after police say he led Smyth County deputies on a high-speed chase through Atkins.
In the Sunday incident, Schittler is charged with felony eluding police, theft of a vehicle, possession of cocaine, possession of ammunition by a convicted felon, reckless driving, failure to stop at a stop sign, driving with no headlights at night and trespassing on school property at night.
He is being held without bond at the regional jail in Abingdon.