Brief chase ends in Viewtown wreck

A Culpeper man remained hospitalized Wednesday with serious injuries sustained when the car he was driving — trying to elude a deputy, police said, who’d clocked him doing 70 in a 35-mph zone on Viewtown Road — left the snow- and ice-lined road, flipped over, hit a tree and slid, on its roof, down an embankment.

The car, driven by Allante Strother, after it was towed away last week.Courtesy photo
The car, driven by Allante Strother, after it was towed away last week.

Sperryville fire chief Richie Burke said volunteers from Sperryville and Amissville worked for some time after the 10:15 p.m. accident last Wednesday (Dec. 11) to secure the wrecked car — reportedly a cab that belonged to Lightfoot Taxi Service, based on Eggbornsville Road in Culpeper — and then extricate the driver. Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. F. L. Tyler identified the man as Allante Tubias Strother, 43, of Culpeper; he was transported by helicopter to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Tyler said Strother was headed south on Viewtown Road (Route 642) just south of Route 611; Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Deputy Cody Dodson, using radar, reportedly clocked the car doing twice the speed limit. When Dodson turned on his emergency lights, according to Sheriff Connie C. Smith, Strother took off. Less than a mile later, he crashed. Debris from the crash also damaged the cruiser driven by Dodson, who was not injured.

Neither State Police Trooper D. R. Corbin, who is investigating the crash, nor the sheriff’s office had filed charges as of Wednesday, but both agencies said warrants are pending.

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