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Harrisonburg man faces charges after eluding sheriff’s deputies

Harrisonburg man faces charges after eluding sheriff’s deputies

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At 10:30 p.m. Thursday an Augusta County Sheriff’s Office deputy clocked a vehicle traveling at 116 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 64.

The black 2006 Mercedes was traveling westbound on I-64 near mile marker 91, according to a press release.

The Mercedes increased speed and eluded the deputy when the deputy attempted to make a traffic stop near mile marker 89 on I-64.

The press release stated that the suspect continued to flee southbound on Interstate 81 at a high rate of speed and passed two southbound tractor-trailers on the right side of the interstate in the emergency lane.

One of the tractor-trailers moved into the deputy’s lane as the pursuing deputy passed the trucks. The deputy’s vehicle made contact with a guardrail and sustained minor damage.

The Mercedes continued southbound and turned off all lights while still traveling at a high rate of speed as other sheriff’s deputies took up the pursuit.

The driver of the Mercedes was taken into custody after pulling over on I-81 South.

Aidan Michael Bryant, 22, of Harrisonburg was arrested and faces charges of reckless driving by speed and felony eluding.

Bryant was also charged with animal cruelty because a dog was in the vehicle with him at the time of the pursuit.

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