SMYTH COUNTY, Va. — A Marion man is behind bars after authorities said he seriously injured a person in a domestic dispute and led police on a 25-30 mile chase which reached speeds of over 90 mph.
Smyth County deputies began the pursuit of 47-year-old Timothy Allen Griffey at 5:28 a.m. Friday, according to Sheriff Chip Shuler. Authorities said they were trying to stop Griffey following a domestic dispute earlier in the morning which seriously injured a person. Police said Griffey was driving a 1983 Chevy Cavalier and led deputies on a chase in the southern part of the county. Police said Griffey stopped and fled on foot off of the Forest Service portion of Rowland Creek.
A K9 was able to track Griffey down and he was taken into custody without further incident. The Marion Police Department and Virginia State Police also assisted in the chase.
Griffey, of King Lane in Marion, was charged with felony malicious wounding, felony failure to stop for law enforcement, and misdemeanor reckless driving.
He is being held in the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail in Abingdon without bond.