Wanted suspect seriously injured after crashing during Southampton County pursuit

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SOUTHAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — A wanted man out of Roanoke was airlifted to VCU Medical Center in Richmond on Tuesday morning after being seriously injured in a crash at the end of a short vehicle pursuit in Southampton County.

The Southampton County Sheriff’s Department says the suspect, who was wanted for shooting into an occupied dwelling, was stopped around 8:50 a.m. for a traffic violation at Barham’s Hill Road and Route 58 in the Drewryville section of Southampton County.

When deputies approached the man’s vehicle, he drove away, getting about a mile down the road before crashing into the woods. Deputies say he drove through the median and crossed over both eastbound lanes on Route 58 in the process.

The suspect, who was the only person in the vehicle, was eventually pulled from wreckage and flown to VCU with serious injuries. Authorities are not releasing his name until family members are notified, due to the seriousness of his injuries.

The crash is still under investigation, the sheriff’s office says.

As of 1:20 p.m. Tuesday, eastbound lanes were still closed completely at that stretch of Route 58 and both lanes of westbound traffic were being used to keep traffic moving in both directions, deputies say.

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