Murfreesboro Police issue warrants after high speed chase

Published 5:39 pm Tuesday, September 29, 2020

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MURFREESBORO – Warrants have been issued for a Franklin, VA woman who led police officers on a chase last Wednesday.

The incident began around 8:40 p.m. on Sept. 23 when Murfreesboro Police Chief David Griffith received a call that shots had been fired in the vicinity of Boyette Street. Griffith said the caller reported a woman in the driver’s seat of a car was shooting from the roadway into the air.

“It appears she was having some sort of domestic situation,” Griffith said they learned according to witness reports.

Griffith and his officers were unable to locate the car the first time they arrived on the scene. MPD Detective Bryan Johnson, however, saw the car when returning to the neighborhood a second time, and that’s when the car sped off to Highway 258 heading towards Virginia.

Det. Johnson and Chief Griffith pursued.

“We chased this vehicle at speeds up to 120 miles an hour,” Griffith reported.

Eventually, they lost sight of the car, and Griffith called off the chase for safety reasons. At the same time, the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office received a call about a suspicious vehicle at Southampton Meadows Mobile Home Park, which is located off of Highway 258 across the Virginia line. The vehicle was abandoned, and Det. Johnson’s canine was unable to follow a track from the car due to heavy foot traffic in the area.

MPD is now searching for the driver of the vehicle, identified as Rashanier Patillo, 23, who is listed with a Stonewall Street address in Franklin, VA. She’s been charged with felony speed to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, and going armed to the terror of people.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Murfreesboro Police Department at 252-398-4151.

Griffith thanked Det. Johnson for his work on the case as well as the assistance from the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police.