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Princeton Police Chase Update: Suspect facing attempted murder charges

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Princeton Police officer flown to hospital after a car chase on Old Bluefield Road. Princeton Police officer flown to hospital after a car chase on Old Bluefield Road.

UPDATE:

Princeton Police were assisted by Mercer County Sheriff's Deputies in a chase on Tuesday morning that sent one officer to the hospital.

Officials with the Princeton Police said that a Virginia man, Jerry D. Martin, was going more than 60-miles-per-hour on a road with a speed limit of 45.  A Princeton police officer chased Martin onto Old Bluefield Road.

Officer Daniel Leftwich was waiting to help in the pursuit, but ended up getting hit by Martin.  Leftwich was forced into a power pole. Martin also hit two other cruisers during the chase.  Leftwich had to be pulled from his cruiser and was flown to an area hospital.  He has since been released.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Department, Princeton Police Department, Princeton Rescue and East River Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the call.

Princeton Police told 59News that Jerry Martin is being treated at Memorial Hospital in Roanoke.  He is facing two counts of attempted murder in addition to speeding and reckless driving charges. Police said that he is also wanted in Charlottesville, VA on various charges.
 


ORIGINAL STORY:

An unidentified person lead law enforcement officers out of Mercer County on a car chase during the early morning hours of Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Mercer County Emergency Dispatchers said that the chase happened along Old Bluefield Road in Princeton at around 2:30 a.m.  During the case the suspect rammed a police car driven by Officer Dan Leftwich.  Firefighters said that Leftwich was forced into a power pole and had to be pulled from his police cruiser.  There is no word on Leftwich's condition at this time.

The Mercer County Sheriff's Department, Princeton Police Department, Princeton Rescue and East River Volunteer Fire Department all responded to the scene. Exact details as to what lead to the chase are still unclear.  Officials said that the suspect is in custody.  There is no word on the identity of the suspect at this time.