RICHMOND, Va. – A Surry County man has been identified as the individual who led a Virginia State Police trooper on a high-speed pursuit through Louisa County last week. Now state police are searching for Justin Eugene Abney, 28, of Surry, Va., as he is wanted on multiple charges related to the pursuit: one felony count of eluding police; reckless driving; improper registration; no motorcycle endorsement; and for failing to pay the uninsured motorist fee.
It was the evening of Aug. 8, 2016, at approximately 5:23 p.m., that Abney was operating a Honda CBR1000rr with a Repsol paint scheme on Interstate 64 in Louisa County at the 147 mile marker when he came through Virginia State Police Trooper M. Kriz’s radar at 102 mph. The posted speed limit is 70 mph.
Trooper Kriz activated his emergency lights to attempt a traffic stop on the speeding motorcycle. The motorcyclist refused to stop for the trooper and sped away increasing his speed to 120 mph. A pursuit was initiated, but the trooper terminated it 12 miles later. The motorcycle continued east on I-64.
“I especially want to thank the public for helping us identify this suspect,” said Trooper Martin Kriz. “More than a dozen tips came in on this individual and were essential to confirming his identification and helping advance this investigation.”
Anyone with information concerning Abney’s whereabouts is asked to please contact the Virginia State Police Richmond Division at 804-553-3445 or by dialing #77 on a cell phone or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.