A Stuart man was arrested following a motor vehicle pursuit early Monday, according to Sheriff Dan Smith.
At 9:30 a.m., the Patrick County 911 Communications Center received a call from a property owner on Big A School Road that someone had broken in to a storage building on their property. The caller confronted the white man, who allegedly then fled in a maroon-colored Toyota pickup truck.
Patrick County Sheriff’s investigator Oscar Tejeda spotted a vehicle matching the description on New Hope Church Road and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.
The driver allegedly began to recklessly elude Tejeda on New Hope Church, American Legion and Martin Farm roads.
The pursuit ended an estimated 1.5 miles later at 645 Martin Farm Road, when the driver stopped the vehicle and allegedly fled on foot.
Keith Allen Charles, 34, of 645 Martin Farm Road, was apprehended a short distance later, and charged with breaking and entering, petty larceny, felony elude law enforcement, obstruction of justice and destruction of property.
Investigators determined that Charles allegedly stole the Toyota pickup from Henry County on Sunday. A felony charge of motor vehicle theft is pending by authorities in Henry County.
The truck was returned to its rightful owner, according to the Smith.
Tejeda was assisted by Patrick County investigator Jason Kruse, and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office. Charles is being held without bond in the Patrick County Jail.