3 men charged after botched carjacking, wrong-way chase

STAFFORD, Va. (AP) — Three men are facing charges after a botched carjacking led to a high-speed, wrong-way chase on Interstate 95 in Virginia, authorities said.

Stafford Sheriff’s Maj. Shawn Kimmitz said the men tried to take an Anytime Fitness patron’s car Tuesday, The Free Lance-Star reported. Witnesses told deputies that they hit the patron with a stick, but he is trained in martial arts and fought back.

One man got the patron’s key, but didn’t know how to drive a manual transmission vehicle, Kimmitz said. When other patrons came to help, the men fled in their own car.

A deputy tried to make a traffic stop, but they got onto I-95 and headed north at speeds just under 100 mph, Kimmitz said. The car then crashed through barrier arms and into HOV lanes and went 2 miles (3 kilometers) in the wrong direction before the men stopped and ran off.

A police dog found the men and two surrendered after a warning that the dog would be turned loose, Kimmitz said. The dog captured the third man who ran. He was treated for a dog bite. The men were charged with carjacking, robbery, conspiracy and other offences.