Commonwealth v. Jason Thomas Smith; Carjacking, Police Chase Resulting in Crash Earns Felon a 20-Year Sentence

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Colin D. Stolle, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the city of Virginia Beach, announced that Jason Thomas Smith, 35 years old, was sentenced today by Circuit Court Judge A. Bonwill Shockley for Carjacking, Malicious Wounding, Eluding Police, and Hit and Run. Judge Shockley sentenced Smith to 40 years in prison with 20 years suspended leaving 20 years to serve.

 

Smith pled guilty on October 21, 2014.  Had this matter gone to trial, the Commonwealth’s evidence would have proven that on the afternoon of May 22, 2014, Jason Thomas Smith approached a woman in a bank parking lot on 22nd Street in Virginia Beach. At knifepoint, Smith demanded the keys to her 2012 Honda CRV.  A struggle ensued, during which Smith sliced the woman’s arm with the knife and broke her finger. He then drove off in the victim’s car and got onto I-264 West.

 

Several police units responded and followed in pursuit of Smith.  He eventually exited at Independence Boulevard and continued driving at a high rate of speed. Smith struck another vehicle that was stopped at a stop sign and pushed that car into a fence in front of Gordon Biersch.  That car was totaled, and one of its passengers had to go to the hospital for a concussion, contusions to the head and shoulder, and injuries to the ribs, back, and knee.  The pursuit continued and Smith caused damage to a police car. Eventually the stolen CRV became inoperable and Smith stopped on a median on Virginia Beach Boulevard.  He ran from the car and was caught by police.

 

Smith has prior convictions for Forgery of a Public Record (3 counts), Burglary, Petit Larceny,  Uttering a Forged Check, Concealed Weapon by Felon, Refuse ID to Police, and multiple probation violations. He is due in court on May 18, 2015, for a Violation of Probation hearing.

 

The case was prosecuted by Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Scott M. Lang and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Adam J. Lantz.  Please contact Macie Pridgen if additional information is desired.

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