News Releases

December 8, 2016

ROANOKE POLICE ARREST MAN FOLLOWING VEHICLE PURSUIT

Roanoke, Va.- On December 8, 2016, officers received information on a wanted subject who was possibly armed within our jurisdiction.  It was reported that the individual was at Motel 6 (6621 Thirlane Road, Roanoke, VA).  Roanoke Police Officers responded to the location in an effort to locate the wanted individual.  Upon arrival, officers observed a Gray Jeep driven by an individual that matched the description of the wanted person.  Officers walked up to the vehicle, with badge and police markings visible, requesting the driver roll down his window.  The driver refused to comply with officers’ commands and fled the scene in the vehicle around 2:31 p.m.  A short pursuit ensued that went into Roanoke County and then into Salem.  As the driver continued to elude officers, the suspect vehicle collided into the rear of a tractor trailer on Colorado Street at the intersection of Shanks Crossing in Salem.  Salem Fire and Rescue responded to the scene.  No injuries were reported due to the accident or pursuit. Charges are pending against the driver, identified as George Dean Wills, age 35, of Roanoke.