FRANKLIN — A local man is sitting in a Virginia jail after being apprehended following a high speed chase driving a pickup truck which he allegedly stole from his mother’s boyfriend, borough police said.


The Franklin department was notified by Virginia State Police on Saturday that they had Samuel Courtright III in custody on several eluding charges and he was driving the truck reported stolen two days earlier from a municipal parking lot.


Franklin police said they were called to an apartment on Main Street and told by the vehicle’s owner that Courtwright, 32, with no permanent address, had entered the apartment he shares with Courtwright’s mother and removed the truck’s keys and drove away without their permission or knowledge.


With the suspect in custody, Franklin police filed a complaint with the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office which, in turn, filed paperwork with Virginia authorities. It was also learned that there’s an active warrant for Courtright from the Sussex County Superior Court.


Detective. Lt. Nevin Mattessich of the Franklin police said he was told by Virginia troopers that the early morning chase lasted for several miles at speeds of around 100 mph. The chase ended when another trooper deployed a stop strip on Interstate 81.


The charges he faces in Virginia are felonies and he faces a court appearance there in late April.