New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | April 25, 2019

Back road high-speed chase results in one-year jail term for Highland Springs man

By Andre Jones | April 9, 2018 11:45 pm

A Highland Springs man will spend a year in jail after leading a New Kent officer on a high-speed chase on county backroads.

Christopher Samuel Causway Jr., 20, of 21 S. Beech Avenue, entered a straight guilty plea to a single count of felony eluding of police as part of Monday morning proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.

In a summary of evidence provided by Commonwealth’s Attorney Linwood Gregory, on Dec. 17, 2017, Cpt. Joey McLaughlin was monitoring traffic on Dispatch Road when a vehicle entered his radar traveling 67 miles per hour in a 45-mile per hour zone. The officer activated his equipment only to have the vehicle speed up. A chase began, with the suspect turning onto Quaker Road and reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour. The vehicle passed on double lines around other vehicles before coming to a sharp turn where it loss control and crashed into the woods. The driver crawled over a passenger in the vehicle and exited out the passenger side door and escaped. McLaughlin apprehended the rider who revealed the identity of the driver as Causway. The defendant was arrested by Henrico Police the next day. When questioned why he ran by authorities, Causway said he didn’t have a driver’s license and knew the vehicle he was operating had been stolen.

Causway received a five-year jail sentence, with four years suspended. He currently faces charges of grand theft auto in a neighboring jurisdiction.

In other circuit court proceedings:

–Luke Nathaniel Henning, 37, of the 3200 block of Mount Pleasant Road, Providence Forge, received a five-year jail sentence with an active incarceration time of one year, six months stemming from a Jan. 29 trial. At that trial, the defendant entered a not guilty plea to conducting indecent acts with a minor in July 2017 but stipulated the evidence was enough to convict him. Henning must also pay restitution in the amount of $7,800.

–Nancy Vanessa Masin, 26, was formally found guilty on two charges of uttering, one charge of obtaining money by false pretenses, and one count of misdemeanor practicing as a nurse without a license. During an Apr. 2017 trial, Masin entered into a plea agreement and admitted to presenting herself as a Registered Nurse to gain employment at Cumberland Hospital in New Kent when she wasn’t certified to do so. At that trial, a deal was made where the charges would be reduced if she paid of $10,977.91 in restitution. However, Masin failed to meet those requirements and received her formal sentencing.

She received a 10-year sentence with all time suspended on the obtaining money by false pretense charge. All five years on both charges of uttering as well as all 12 months on the misdemeanor charge were suspended. However, she must still repay the restitution amount in full.