Virginia police: Paralyzed suspect used cane to operate car in chase

Nathaniel Powell (Western Tidewater Regional Jail)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say a suspect paralyzed during a police chase in 2007 recently led officers on another high-speed pursuit, this time using a cane.

Citing court documents, the Virginian-Pilot reports 33-year-old Nathaniel Powell faces federal drug charges following a May drug sting operation.

Authorities say Powell was called to meet with a witness to buy heroin May 26. Before police could arrest him, they say Powell sped off, leading officers on a chase that ended in a crash. Another driver was treated for minor injuries.

Documents show Powell, who broke his back in a crash during a 2007 police chase that stretched from Portsmouth into Chesapeake, used a cane to operate the car in the May incident.

Powell’s attorney Keith Kimball declined to comment to the newspaper.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s