Stuart man held without bail after alleged pursuit

A Stuart man was arrested Friday afternoon following a high speed pursuit, according to Sheriff Dan Smith.

Christopher Wayne “Critter” Bowman, 31, was charged with multiple felonies after allegedly leading Patrick County deputies on a pursuit in the County Line area.

Smith said that Bowman was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants and also was a suspect in connection with the larceny of a 2004 Toyota Tacoma earlier in the week.

At approximately 12:45 p.m. on Friday, Patrick County Deputy Jacob Hubbard saw Bowman allegedly operating the stolen truck, and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle. Hubbard’s blue lights and siren were disregarded and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit crossed from Patrick County into Henry County and eventually back into Patrick County.

Speeds reached during the incident were in excess of 80 miles per hour.

Patrick County Deputy Jesse Pickeral and Maj. Garry Brown both became involved in the pursuit. Once back in Patrick County, the Tacoma stopped on Old Mayo Forge, just off of Abram Penn Highway, and the operator allegedly fled from the vehicle on foot.

Authorities with the Virginia State Police and the Henry County Sheriff’s Office arrived there to assist, Smith said.

Bowman was apprehended a short time later by  Henry County Deputy Matt Duffy.

He was charged with felony eluding law enforcement, driving on a revoked license, possession of stolen property, possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, and multiple outstanding warrants from both Patrick and Henry Counties. More charges are expected, according to Smith.

Bowman is being held without bail in the Patrick County Jail.

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