Man wanted for sexually assaulting child caught here after chase from Virginia

Published 11:04 am Friday, December 30, 2022

A Virginia man wanted for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old child was taken into custody in Bermuda Run early today (Friday) after a chase that started in Danville, Va., ended at WinMock off US 158.

Lucas John Donley, 36, of Roanoke, was taken into custody after the car he was driving wrecked.

According to Davie County Sheriff J.D. Hartman, the Davie E911 communications center was notified just after midnight that Kernersville police officers were chasing the suspect on US 158, headed towards Davie County. The wreck occurred just inside the county line.

Donley was wanted out of Virginia for sexually assaulting a 6-year-old child at a Virginia motel. The sex offense had been investigated by Henry County Sheriff Office and deputies there attempted to pull Donley over, but he fled and eluded authorities.

The Henry County Sheriff’s Office issued six warrants for Donley including eluding law enforcement, a felony, aggravated sexual battery, forcible sodomy and three counts of taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship.

Donley is a registered sex offender on the Virginia State Police Sex Offender Registry.

He was arrested by Kernersville police after the wreck and transported to the hospital by EMS. Kernersville charged Donley with 1 count felony fleeing to elude arrest with vehicle, 1 count of possession of a stolen vehicle, 1 count of felony possession of schedule II controlled substance, 1 count of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, speeding, reckless driving to endanger, and driving left of center.

Donley also was served by Kernersville Police Department a fugitive warrant for extradition to another state.