High-Speed chase brings year in jail

Evington man Joel Cory White, 33, who led Amherst County law enforcement officers on a high-speed chase after a reported home invasion call in Madison Heights last July had his day in court last week. He has been sentenced to a year and three months in jail following a bench trial in Amherst Circuit Court. He was charged with eluding police which is a felony. White was acquitted on related charges of burglary, robbery, abduction and use of a firearm in commission of a felony and was sentenced on May 6 to six months incarceration on a misdemeanor count of fleeing from the law.

Everything started July 19, 2018 when Amherst County Sheriff’s Office got a call about a man going into a residence on Secluded Acres Drive. He was armed with a weapon and was stealing items from the home. A chase ensued with him being arrested in Madison Heights. 

Amherst Sheriff E.W. Viar testified at a preliminary hearing in Amherst General District Court in December that he was chasing White along the U.S. 29 bypass as White reversed direction across the highway’s median and went into oncoming traffic, sometimes at speeds up to 95 miles per hour.

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