Luke Payton leads police on high speed chase, crashes car

Modified Date: 
Thu, 04/09/2015 - 3:50pm
Accident Date: 
Monday, December 2, 2013

Man flips car during high-speed chase on I-77 in Carroll County.

A man who led a Carroll County deputy on a high-speed chase avoided serious injuries despite flipping his vehicle on the median of I-77 just south of the Poplar Camp exit.
A man who led a Carroll County deputy on a high-speed chase avoided serious injuries despite flipping his vehicle on the median of I-77 just south of the Poplar Camp exit. Luke Payton, who recently moved from North Carolina to Smithfield, Va., was complaining of back and neck pain but showed no visual signs of injury following the wreck, according to a Virginia State Trooper. Payton was transported to Twin County Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released. The chase began when a Carroll County, who was parked at a crossover at the 19.5-mile marker, clocked Payton going over 90 mph in his 1997 Hyundai Piburon. He gave chase and when he attempted to pull over Payton, a chase of approximately two miles ensued. At one point in the chase, Payton passed up to five cars on the right side of the interstate in the emergency lane. The sheriff’s department has charged Payton with felony elude and reckless driving, while the state police has charged him with two counts of reckless driving, improper passing, expired registration, failure to obtain a Virginia license and failure to obtain insurance.
Type: Car Accident
People Involved: 
Luke Payton
Roadway: 
I-77

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