Sheriff's deputy killed In overnight pursuit

Deputy Curtis Bartlett died in a crash

A Southwest Virginia sheriff's deputy is dead after crashing into a tractor trailer while responding to an ongoing pursuit.

The crash occurred shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday night at the intersection of Route 58 and the Interstate 77 exit 14 exit ramp in Carroll County.

Carroll County deputy Curtis Bartlett was on his way to help other deputies and Virginia State Police with a pursuit.

Investigators say Bartlett had is emergency lights and sirens activated when he collided with the tractor-trailer.

The tractor-trailer had the green light and was only traveling approximately 25 mph.

Bartlett's vehicle was unable to avoid the tractor-trailer and struck the rear of the trailer.

Deputy Bartlett died at the scene.

Carroll County Sheriff John Gardener said in a statement, "Curtis joined the Carroll County Sheriff's office in June 2013 and was highly respected by his peers for his dedication to duty and passion for public service.

The sheriff's department said Bartlett was an infantry soldier with the U.S. Army from 2004 to 2007.

The pursuit was initiated by a Carroll County Sheriff's Deputy at approximately 9:50 p.m., along Route 58 near I-77 Exit 14.

The suspect vehicle went through a field and then the driver and passenger fled on foot.

Both suspects were arrested in a few minutes.

No details have been released about why the pursuit started.

The investigation into both the pursuit and the crash is ongoing by Virginia State Police.

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