A man accused of trying to run down two Kentucky police officers with a Virginia police cruiser will spend 40 years behind bars.
Willie Little took police on a wild ride. He managed to get behind the wheel of a cruiser after his arrest in Norton, Virginia on felony charges last September.
“His intent was to escape at all costs. Nothing was going to stop Willie Little,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Kevin Mullins.
During closing arguments, Mullins tried to convince a jury Willie Little tried to kill two Kentucky police officers. Dashboard video in the Virginia cruiser shows little as he reaches speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour. The video also shows that as little crosses the Kentucky line, he comes within inches of Kentucky State Trooper Randy Surber as he attempts to throw out stop sticks.
“In performing their service they came in harm's way and the harm in this case, we all know was the defendant, Willie Little,” said Mullins.
Another mile down the road he came close to Jenkins City police officer Adam Swindell as he throws out spike strips. With blown tires, the chase came to an end as Little lost control of the cruiser. After the jury saw the video again, Defense Attorney Richard Counts had one request for them.
“I ask you to go back to the jury room and find him not guilty of attempted murder,” said Counts.
The jury followed his argument. However, Little was found guilty on two counts of first degree wanton endangerment, one count of fleeing and evading police, along with other charges.