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Henry County deputies provide updates on Tuesday morning pursuit


The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has provided an update in regard to a vehicle pursuit that happened Tuesday morning.

At about 10:15 a.m., the Martinsville/Henry County Communication Center was alerted about a man trespassing on private property on Willie Craig Road in Bassett.

After arriving at the scene, responding officers found a blue 2012 Nissan Sentra with a driver parked in the driveway of the home. Deputies then tried to identify the driver; however, he then proceeded to give them a false name.

When deputies asked the driver to tell them his correct name, he put the car in reverse, hitting a Henry County deputy’s vehicle before accelerating down Willie Craig Road.

Deputies drove after the vehicle from the Bassett area to the Mini Park Golf Range at 17935 A.L. Philpott Hwy. in Martinsville. We’re told the suspect, later identified as 46-year-old Jason Todd McKinney, drove across the driving range and into a wooded area on the backside of the property, where he crashed into a creek.

The vehicle then caught fire as deputies were removing the suspect from the vehicle. Deputies were able to control the fire with extinguishers until crews with the Horsepasture Fire Department arrived, authorities said.

According to the sheriff’s office, the suspect was left with minor injuries as a result of his ‘erratic driving’ and subsequent crash and was transported to SOVAH Health Martinsville.

Authorities said McKinney, of Rocky Mount, had several outstanding warrants, which include:

  • Two felony probation violation warrants
  • Two misdemeanor probation violation warrants out of Henry County
  • One felony and one misdemeanor probation violation warrant out of the City of Martinsville

In addition to this, deputies say a substantial amount of suspected Fentanyl pills were located on him in addition to an undisclosed amount of money.

McKinney is now facing the additional charges listed below:

  • False Identification to Law Enforcement
  • Felony Eluding Law Enforcement
  • Possession of a Scheduled I or II Drug with Intent to Distribute

McKinney is being held in the Henry County Adult Detention Center without bond.

This investigation is ongoing, anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crimestoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crimestoppers Program offers rewards up to $2500.00 for information related to a crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.


A suspect is in custody after a pursuit in Henry County, Henry County Sheriff Wayne Davis told BTW21.

According to Davis, deputies responded to the Willie Craig Road area of Bassett for a call reporting a person was trespassing.

Davis said the individual, who was identified as Jason McKinney, provided false info about his identity to authorities.

As authorities attempted to confirm McKinney’s identification, he then fled the scene and a pursuit ensued from Bassett to Horse Pasture, where the suspect was taken into custody.

The suspect’s vehicle caught fire upon the crash, and crews are working to put the fire out.

BTW21 learned that the suspect sustained minor injuries, and no deputies were hurt. A patrol vehicle was struck during the pursuit.

The suspect was wanted for six felony probation violations in both Martinsville and Henry County. He will be charged with providing false info to law enforcement.

According to Sheriff Davis, Virginia State Police, the Horse Pasture Volunteer Fire Department, and Henry County Public Safety assisted in the incident.

Source: WSLS News 10

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