Nelson County, Virginia
Law enforcement officers ended a pursuit in Shipman that started in neighboring Buckingham County mid-afternoon Friday. Little is known at this time other than it’s believed that Virginia State Police were in pursuit of the vehicle in Buckingham County. The pursuit entered Nelson County where Nelson deputies were able use spike strips to end the chase at the intersection of Route 647 and Route 56 East (James River Road) in Shipman.
Press release info from VSP at 6:47 PM EST – 11.23.18
“At 1:14 p.m. Friday (Nov. 23), Virginia State Police Trooper T.V. Garner was participating in a checking detail on Route 602 in Buckingham County when a Ford Explorer refused to stop despite troopers waving it towards them. Instead the Ford Explorer turned down Route 655/Jerusalem Church Road to avoid the troopers and a pursuit was initiated.
The pursuit continued into Nelson County, where the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office assisted. After running over a spike strip deployed by the sheriff’s office, the Explorer spun around in the roadway, ran off the left side of Route 56 and came to stop in the ditch.
The driver, Tracy J. Gorham, 50, of Lovingston, Va., was taken into custody without further incident. She was placed under arrest on three outstanding warrants and is still facing charges related to the pursuit.
Her passengers – a 20-year-old female and a female infant – were transported to UVA Hospital as a precautionary measure. The infant was in a child safety seat.
The incident remains under investigation.
Corinne N. Geller
Public Relations Director
Virginia State Police”
There has NOT been a bank robbery in Lovingston. Those rumors started peppering social media around the same time of the pursuit.
We have an inquiry into VSP for additional information.