Police said they chased a Roanoke, Virginia, man at speeds up to 110 mph Monday afternoon from Abingdon, Virginia, to Bristol, Tennessee.
The pursuit began at 12:25 p.m., when an officer with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Abingdon recognized Torrent Lerue Ferguson, said Deputy Darrell Dickenson, a spokesman for the Sheriff’s Office. Ferguson, 48, had been indicted April 23 in Washington County Circuit Court on a charge of selling or providing resale of Schedule I or II drugs, Dickenson said.
Patrol cars pursued Ferguson, who was driving a Dodge Charger, from Interstate 81’s Exit 14 at Abingdon to Exit 3 at Bristol, Virginia, with speeds reaching 110 mph, Dickenson said.
Veering into Bristol, the chase sped down several city streets on both sides of the Tennessee-Virginia border, going as fast as 80 mph on Randolph Street, Spurgeon Lane, Euclid Avenue, Vance Street, West State Street, Melrose Street, Edgemont Avenue, Anderson Street, West Valley Street and Woodland Circle, according to Dickenson.
Officers from the Bristol Virginia Police Department and the Bristol Tennessee Police Department assisted the Sheriff’s Office in trying to locate the man while a Virginia State Police MedFlight helicopter patrolled the air, Dickenson said.
Ultimately, the pursuit ended at 12:49 p.m., when officers lost sight of the vehicle, Dickenson said. But, just nine minutes later, that car was found seemingly abandoned on Taylor Street in Bristol, Tennessee, according to Dickenson.
Ferguson was still at-large late Monday, Dickenson said.