Salem man arrested after pursuit in Botetourt

Cody Joseph Brads [SUBMITTED PHOTO]

The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call at 4:58 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29 from a resident in the 4000 block of Mountain Pass Road in Botetourt County. The caller advised that a subject had overdosed with an unknown substance and was unresponsive, a news release from the Sheriff’s Office said.

A person at the scene administered NARCAN to the unresponsive subject, who then became responsive and was able to gain control of a vehicle and flee the residence.

Botetourt County deputies responding to the scene located the vehicle driving erratically north on Mountain Pass Road, heading toward Rt. 11. Deputies activated their emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle. The vehicle refused to stop and headed north on Rt. 11 at a high rate of speed, the news release said.

The pursuit continued onto Rt. 43 and into Bedford County, where deputies attempted to use Stop Sticks to disable the vehicle, which was unsuccessful. The vehicle was finally stopped on Rt. 460 in Botetourt County after a second deployment of Stop Sticks.

As deputies approached the vehicle the driver was visible, but would not respond to commands.  The officers gained access to the driver, who was unresponsive, and called EMS. The driver was transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital for treatment.

Cody Joseph Brads, 23, of Salem, was charged with felony elude of police, driving under the influence of drugs, and obstruction of justice. Brads is currently being held without bond at the Botetourt-Craig Regional Jail.

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