New Kent Charles City Chronicle

News for New Kent County and Charles City County, Virginia | September 18, 2021

Blacksburg man receives no additional time after pleading guilty to eluding police in New Kent

By Andre Jones | September 13, 2021 2:45 pm

A Blacksburg man will receive no additional active time of incarceration after accepting a plea deal during Monday afternoon proceedings in New Kent Circuit Court.

Karl Allen Yohn, 20, of the 1200 block of University Terrance, entered a guilty plea to one count of felony eluding police as part of the agreement.

In a summary of evidence provided by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Greg Overholser, on March 10 a Virginia State Trooper had a Volkswagon Jetta pass through their radar at 88 miles per hour in posted 70 miles per hour zone on Interstate 64 westbound in New Kent. The officer began trailing the vehicle at the 213-mile marker when the Volkswagon increased its speed to 100 miles per hour. Emergency equipment was activated as a pursue ensued and speeds escalated to over 100 miles per hour.

The suspect’s vehicle exited onto Interstate 295 in Henrico and began leaving and exiting various on and off ramps on the highway. Eventually, the suspect exited onto East Parham Road. At that time, the suspect’s vehicle and the trooper’s vehicle made contact, with the Jetta crashing. The driver, later identified as Yohn, bailed on foot before eventually being found and taken to the hospital. When asked why he ran, Yohn only said that he didn’t know why.

Under the agreement, Yohn received a three-year jail sentence with all time suspended but will remain on probation for five years. He served 40 days incarcerated prior to his trial.