Man in high-speed police chase says he was taking mom to hospital

ACCOMACK Co. Va. (Delmarva Now) -- A man who led police on a high-speed chase on U.S. Route 13 in June did so to take his mother to the hospital because she had a bug in her ear, an Accomack County court heard.

Elisha Corbin, 25 of Machipongo pleaded guilty in court to felony eluding, assault and battery, reckless driving and resisting arrest. 

The chase began at about 4 p.m. June 9 in Northampton County and ended at the Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital in Onancock, during which Corbin hit speeds of up to 100 mph, the court heard during his trial last week.

According to court testimony, the incident began when Corbin passed a police officer on Route 13 as he was speeding northbound. The officer activated his lights and siren and began the pursuit.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Randy Fultz told the court Corbin did not stop and repeatedly changed lanes in an attempt to get away. 

He finally stopped when the officer blocked his car at a traffic light, the court heard, but he refused to get out of the car and pushed the officer’s arm when he reached into the car. 

Corbin told police he was taking his mother to the hospital because she had a bug in her ear. He, however, refused the officer’s offer to take the woman to the hospital himself. 

When the officer started toward his car to get his Taser, Corbin pulled around it and sped north again with the officer following at a speed of over 100 mph, Fultz told the court. 

He was finally caught in the hospital parking lot when he went to the passenger side of the car to help his mother. Three officers wrestled him to the ground and arrested him, the court heard. 

“He is the sole caretaker for his mother,” said defense attorney Theresa Bliss. “She was very agitated about her ear. She had just been released from the hospital after kidney surgery and had a catheter.” 

She said Corbin had worked for the same employer for three years. 

“He was worried about his mother and made a bad decision,” Bliss said, adding her client had no prior criminal record. She also pointed out Corbin’s mother who was in court to support him to the judge.

Judge W. Revell Lewis III ordered a presentence report and allowed Corbin to remain on bond until his sentencing. 

Delmarva Now


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