Sheriff catches suspect after a foot chase
Published 12:37 pm Tuesday, April 15, 2014
COURTLAND—Two suspects are in jail following a car accident on Southampton Parkway near Medicine Springs Road.
On Saturday, just before 8 a.m., a caller informed dispatch of the accident, adding that when she stopped to check on the occupants, they wanted a ride away from the scene. After the caller refused to give them a ride, the man and woman ran away toward the woods.
Southampton County deputies, assisted by the Virginia State Police, began searching.
Just after noon, they received a tip that the female was at Bryant’s Baptist Church, and soon after, deputies S.C. White and I.E. McNett took Ashlee A. Talton, 28, of Newport News, into custody.
Not long after, Sheriff Jack Stutts saw the male subject, Tarson Hodge, 27, also of Newport News, in a field, and captured him after a foot chase.
Talton was charged with obstruction of justice and released. Hodge was charged with reckless driving, hit-and-run and suspended operators license. Hodge also was wanted by Newport News for fraudulent conversion of property.
Hodge has a $2,500 bond on the Southampton charges, but no bond on the Newport News charges, and he is being held in the Southampton County Jail.