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Marshall man dies with apparent gunshot wound after late-night car chase

Tuesday, Jul. 22 | By Mark Grandstaff | Google+
Joseph Robert Jenkins, 55, of Midland, was charged with driving under the influence when his vehicle allegedly struck a stopped Virginia State Police cruiser with its emergency lights on. State police were investigating a fatal crash after a pursuit late Monday night.
Updated July 22, 3:28 p.m.

A Marshall man died in a vehicle accident in Bealeton after fleeing from Fauquier Sheriff's deputies last night, according to a release from the Virginia State Police.

According to a release from the Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was traveling on Dumfries Road at about 10 p.m. Monday and noticed a 2000 Mitsubishi Eclipse tailgating the marked cruiser.

"After turning south on Lee Highway, the vehicle continued to tailgate the marked cruiser, then abruptly swerved into the left lane and passed at a high rate of speed," said Lt. James Hartman, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

The deputy followed and, after witnessing more reckless driving from the vehicle, attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle continued south on Lee Highway reaching speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The suspect vehicle continued onto the Marsh Rd interchange, going south.

As the pursuit approached the Bealeton area the vehicle suddenly drove into the median at Independence Ave near Liberty High School. It continued into the northbound lanes of Marsh Road and overturned. The driver was ejected from the vehicle and was located by deputies on the roadside.

Deputies performed life saving measures until the arrival of EMS, according to the release.

At 10:15 p.m. on Monday, sheriff's deputies called Virginia State Police to investigate the accident. Trooper J.T. Price arrived at the scene of the crash near the intersection of U.S. Route 17 and Independence Avenue.

The Eclipse's driver, Corey M. Chamberlain, 24, of Marshall, Va., was flown to Inova Fairfax Hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries. Chamberlain later died from his injuries, according to state police.

Early Tuesday morning, Trooper Price was notified by the hospital that Chamberlain was suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound. Trooper Price and additional state police personnel then returned to the crash site on Route 17 to further the investigation based on the new information.

At 5:22 a.m. Tuesday, several state police vehicles were positioned in the right, northbound travel lane of Route 17 with emergency lights activated when a northbound 2006 Chevrolet ran off the right side of the road and struck a state police 2013 Ford Taurus. Trooper Price was seated inside the Taurus when it was struck. Price was transported to Fauquier Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Joseph R. Jenkins, 55, of Midland, Va., was not injured in the crash. Jenkins has been charged with driving under the influence and failure to move over for a stopped emergency vehicle. Jenkins is being held at the Fauquier County Jail.

The Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Culpeper Field Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding Chamberlain’s gunshot wound. Both traffic crashes are also still under investigation.

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