A Stuart man was arrested Friday afternoon following a high speed pursuit,  according to Sheriff Dan Smith.

Christopher Wayne “Critter” Bowman, 31, was charged with multiple felonies after leading Patrick deputies on a pursuit in the County Lline area. 

Smith said in a release that Bowman was wanted on multiple outstanding warrants and also  was alleged he was suspected of stealing a 2004 Toyota Tacoma earlier in the week.

At approximately 12:45 p.m. Friday, Deputy Jacob Hubbard spotted Bowman operating the stolen truck and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle. Bowman allegedly disregarded Hubbard’s blue lights and siren and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit  went from Patrick County into Henry County and eventually back into Patrick County.

Deputy Jesse Pickeral and Major Garry Brown both became involved in the pursuit. Once back in Patrick County, Bowman allegedly stopped on Old Mayo Forge, just off of Abram Penn Highway, and fled from the vehicle on foot.

By this time, the Virginia State Police and Henry County Sheriffs Office arrived to assist, and Bowman was apprehended a short time later by  Henry County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Duffy. Smith stated that speeds reached in excess of 80 miles per hour. 

Bowman was charged with felony eluding law enforcement, driving on a revoked license, possession of stolen property, possession of a concealed weapon by a convicted felon, and multiple outstanding warrants from both Patrick and Henry counties.

Smith said additional charges are expected. Bowman is being held without bail in the Patrick County Jail.

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