What started out as a shots-fired complaint quickly transformed into a police chase through Danville at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour, court documents show.
George Lee Hairston III, 35, of Danville, is being held without bail in the Danville City Jail on charges of possession of a firearm by a violent felon, reckless driving and other charges, according to documents filed in Danville General District Court.
It was 11:53 p.m. Oct. 3 when police responded to a call for shots fired in the 200 block of Northmont Boulevard, states a search warrant filed in Danville Circuit Court. A witness said Hairston had shot at him following an argument. Police said no one was hit by gunfire or injured.
“We are aware of a verbal altercation before, and the victim and suspect knew each other,” Capt. H.S. Richardson, of the Danville Police Department, said.
Hairston drove away in a blue Dodge truck, the search warrant states, and police soon spotted him driving down Riverside Drive.
It was Cpl. H. Torres who stopped Hairston by pulling in front of him. The officer walked up to the truck while ordering Hairston to get out. Instead, Hairston hit the gas, driving toward Torres and then maneuvering around him, states an arrest warrant.
That’s when police chased Hairston.
“The accused ran the red light at Riverside Dr./Mt. Cross Rd. almost striking a tractor trailer that was turning left,” Torres wrote in the criminal complaint. “The accused ran several more red lights and got to an excess of 110 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone.”
Hairston raced from Riverside Drive to Barrett Street, court documents state, finally pulling to a stop at his home along Belair Drive.
“The accused came to a stop in the yard of 255 Belair [Drive] and ran on foot inside of the residence,” Torres wrote.
Police surrounded the house and ordered him to come out and surrender.
“He came out willingly after a few minutes,” Richardson said.
Search warrants filed early on the morning of Oct. 4, revealed police found “four handguns, ammunition, and drug paraphernalia” in Hairston’s home.
A preliminary hearing is set for 2 p.m. Dec. 11 in Danville General District Court.
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