Brandon Smathers 32, of Ohio is being held on no bond after leading US Marshals on a high-speed pursuit from Waynesboro in Augusta County through Rockbridge County and ending in Alleghany County around the 27-mile marker westbound shortly after 5:00 p.m. yesterday. VSP Trooper and Deputies of the Alleghany Co./Covington Sheriff’s office were able to get the suspect vehicle stopped after he struck two Alleghany Co./City of Covington patrol vehicles.
Smothers was wanted on a fugitive warrant out of Darke Ohio. The fugitive warrant out of Ohio was for the Rape of a 14-year-old.
He will also face charges in Alleghany Co./Rockbridge Co. For eluding police and having no operator’s license.
Smathers is currently being held in the Alleghany Regional Jail on no bond awaiting extradition by the U.S. Marshals.