Virginia State Trooper caused a crash to stop wrong-way driver

A Virginia State Trooper setup a crash to stop a wrong-way driver on I-64.

On Saturday, April 20, VSP said multiple reports came in about a wrong-way driver on I-64 near the 256 mile marker.

Michael LeSage was one of the troopers who was on the lookout for the vehicle. He told 3WTKR that he saw the vehicle heading toward him.

“I knew I was going to have to strike him to stop him from hitting anybody else, so that’s what I did. I positioned my car to strike his vehicle; just at the last second I offset my vehicle just enough to lessen the impact for both of us,” LeSage explained to the 3WTKR.

According to VSP, LeSage positioned himself in the eastbound lanes, and at 4:03 a.m. he notified dispatchers that had been struck head on at a high rate of speed by the wrong-way driver.

LeSage survived the head-on crash, but according to VSP, he suffered serious, non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Riverside Hospital in Williamsburg.

The Kia Jones was reportedly driving (Photo: VSP)

The wrong-way driver turned out to be 26-year-old Elijah Jones who and he was in 2021 Kia.

Jones reportedly asked if LeSage hit him and if LeSage had been going in the wrong direction, the trooper told 3WTKR.

VSP said Jones was found to be under the influence when the crash occurred. But he didn’t suffer any injuries.

Jones was arrested, charged with DUI, maiming, and open container, and taken to Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail.

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