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Fugitive leads police on chase

A 54-year-old Omaha, Neb. man — wanted by U.S. Marshals — faces charges of abduction and eluding police after leading sheriff’s deputies and Virginia State Police (VSP) troopers on a pursuit through Buckingham.

The incident, reported Feb. 24, resulted in the arrest of Andrew T. Ainsworth, according to VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller.

Andrew T. Ainsworth

Andrew T. Ainsworth

The incident began at about 8:24 p.m., Geller said, when Ainsworth’s Toyota FJ Cruiser approached a checking detail on Route 20 near Scottsville and refused to stop for police.

“The pursuit continued through the county when, at Woods Road, the Toyota slowed a bit, and a passenger jumped from the vehicle,” Geller said. “The Toyota then sped off. The Toyota eventually left the road and continued through a field, striking several gates and a gate post. The Toyota finally came to a stop in a wooded area near Glover Road. The driver then attempted to flee on foot but was apprehended without any further incident by the trooper and sheriff’s deputies.”

Ainsworth is being held at Piedmont Regional Jail, Geller said, and is charged with one felony count of eluding police, one felony count of abduction, two counts of reckless driving, four counts of failure to stop at an accident, four counts of improper lane changes, one count of failure to drive on the right side of the highway, four counts of failing to stop for a stop sign, one count of driving without a license and one count of not having insurance.

Geller said the adult male passenger was not injured when he jumped from and rolled away from the vehicle. “The two men are acquaintances. The abduction charge stems from the passenger repeatedly demanding to be allowed out of the vehicle during the course of the pursuit and Ainsworth refusing to stop and let him out,” Geller said.