Suspect Shot After Police Pursuit, Crash: Virginia State Police

The man shot is expected to recover, police say

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Virginia State Police shot a man after an attempted traffic stop started a police chase.

Virginia State Police tried to stop a 2017 Ford Escape that had been reported stolen on eastbound Route 50 about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, but the driver refused to stop, police said.

The Escape reached speeds of 100 mph and rammed two state police vehicles during the pursuit, police said.

Police surrounded the vehicle on South Sterling Boulevard near Shaw Road in Loudoun County after it crashed into a sign, police said.

A driver was shot after leading police on a pursuit and crashing, Virginia State Police said. News4's Cory Smith reports.

Police fired at least one shot at the driver, police said.

The driver was flown to a hospital with serious injuries, police said. Police said on Friday morning that his injuries are not life-threatening.

The suspect, 54-year-old Michael E. Bonner of Harrisonburg was released from the hospital Friday afternoon and taken into state police custody. He is charged with grand larceny of a vehicle, eluding police, hit and run, driving without a driver's license, and unauthorized use of a stolen vehicle.

No police were injured. Per policy, the officer involved in the shooting will be on administrative leave during an investigation.

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