NEW KENT – A Richmond man has been convicted of leading police on a high-speed chase in New Kent County.
Joseph J. Boyd was found guilty in New Kent Circuit Court on October 21 of one felony charge – eluding police (endangerment) and three misdemeanors – driving with a revoked license: second offense (reduced from felony driving after declared habitual offender), failing to stop at the scene of an accident, and reckless driving (speeding over 80 mph). Charges of reckless driving: endangerment and destruction of property (less than $1,000) were nolle processed.
Boyd is set for sentencing in New Kent Circuit Court on Jan. 13, 2014 at 9 a.m.
The charges stem from May 28, when Boyd fled from police after a traffic stop on Interstate 64.
According to the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Boyd was clocked on I-64 traveling 89 mph in a 70 mph zone.
New Kent Deputy D. Teagle stopped Boyd and asked him for his license, which he could not provide.
“As Deputy Teagle was checking his information, Boyd put the vehicle into drive and fled away,” said New Kent Detective Lieutenant Joey McLaughlin. “Deputy Teagle pursued him until Boyd ran his vehicle into another deputy’s vehicle.”
Teagle stopped the pursuit after Boyd started traveling westbound on I-64 east. The deputy instead obtained warrants on Boyd for felony eluding, hit and run, driving after being declared a habitual offender, reckless driving, and destruction of property.
Boyd turned himself into authorities the following day, and was held without bond.
He went before a grand jury in July, and faced trial in September, when Judge Thomas B. Hoover rejected a plea agreement. He was tried once again on October 21, when he was convicted.
Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.