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Wise County deputies, police handle meth-related standoff, car theft

Mike Still • May 24, 2019 at 8:40 AM

WISE — Wise County sheriff’s deputies and local police handled what they said were two meth-related incidents that began near Appalachia within an hour of one another Wednesday.

Sheriff’s Capt. Charles Sanders said the first incident — a car theft in the Kent Junction Road area near Appalachia — began around 3:40 p.m. when a person flagged down a deputy and said they had been fishing along the Powell River when someone stole their car.

Brendon Austin Caige Hill, age not given, Appalachia, was arrested and charged after a chase near downtown Wise, where he allegedly drove through two residential yards and missed a head-on collision with a school bus before crashing into a house and fleeing on foot.

Sanders said a deputy driving on Birchfield Road in Wise heard the dispatcher’s call and saw the stolen vehicle — a white, two-door sedan — ahead of him. After pulling the car over, the deputy got out to approach it, but the car sped away.

The deputy chased the vehicle, which ran through a yard along Birchfield Road, and the pursuit moved onto Railroad Avenue, where the car went around a school bus and approached another bus head-on. Sanders said the deputy used his cruiser to force the car off the road.

As the deputy approached the car again on foot, Sanders said, the driver then tried to pull away before striking a home, exiting the car and fleeing.

Wise town and UVa-Wise campus police arrived and captured Hill near the scene. Two passengers in the car were detained but released without charges. Sanders said Hill told officers that he had been smoking methamphetamine before the incident. Sanders added that deputies recovered from the car a semi-automatic pistol and a device for smoking meth.

In a Wise County General District County hearing Thursday, Hill was arraigned on charges of petit larceny, grand larceny, receiving stolen property, unauthorized possession of drug paraphernalia, escape without violence by a felony offender, fleeing law enforcement, eluding/disregarding police, carrying a concealed weapon, failure to report an accident, no driver’s license, obstruction and first-offense driving while intoxicated.

Sanders said Hill is being held at the Southwest Regional Jail in Duffield without bond.

Wednesday’s second incident started around 4:30 p.m. at 1644 Roda Road in Appalachia, when deputies, Appalachia police officers and Virginia State Police arrived to arrest Corky Ray Rose, 32, on a warrant for brandishing a firearm in a May 19 incident. Sanders said the deputies had gotten information from another person that Rose allegedly wanted police to kill him.

Sanders said the officers found Rose hiding behind a couch, concealing his right hand and holding an object that looked like a firearm.

After several commands to drop the object, Sanders said, a deputy sprayed Rose with pepper spray with little apparent effect. After another officer Tasered Rose, a deputy and a state trooper were able to handcuff him.

The object was a pistol-grip butane torch, Sanders said.

Sanders said Rose told officers he had used methamphetamine and Xanax earlier that day. After examination and treatment at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Rose was jailed without bond at the Southwest Regional Jail in Duffield.

In addition to the original firearm warrant, Rose was charged with assault and abduction by force in connection with Wednesday’s incident.

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