Go Back Report # 1591



   On the night of June 24, a "dirigible-shaped" UFO, 100-125 feet long, was chased by a Richmond police car at speeds up to 110 m.p.h.        
   About 3:30 a.m., Officer William L. Stevens, Jr., seven years on the police force, was cruising on the outskirts of Richmond. From an intersection near the fairgrounds, he saw several odd green and yellow lights which appeared to be about 300 feet above the ground. After checking to be sure they were not reflections, he tried to get closer. As he approached, he could see the lights came from a large dirigible-shaped craft, which appeared dull white or gray. The steady lights, alternately green and yellow, showed around the periphery. The entire object seemed surrounded by vapor or mist.
   "When I wen
t towards it, it moved," Stevens later told NICAP Investigator Robert Morse, a Richmond engineer. As he sped up, the UFO pulled ahead, keeping about two blocks away.  
   Watching it thr
ough his windshield, Stevens noted that at two blocks, the length of the unknown object was about the length of his rear-view mirror. (Later the UFO's length was calculated as between 106 and 125 feet, its diameter between 30-40 feet).  

[Sketch of side and end view to be added later-CF]

   At first, the object presented a side view, but as it changed course toward northeast, Stevens could see its round "tail end" view.            
   As Stevens pursued the UFO into Henrico County, he radioed the sheriffs office and asked for help in the chase. But before anyone could respond, the strange object speeded up. Stevens hung on, reaching 110 m.p.h., but the UFO, accelerating to tremendous speed, went out of sight in less than five seconds.    
   When Stevens was interrogated by Mr. Morse, he admitted he was shaken by the experience. He also said he had been a strong skeptic but now "seeing is believing."
   Richmond newsman Bill Sauder, a journalist experienced in checking UFO reports, later confirmed a sighting by two Henrico police officers about 40 minutes after Stevens’ chase and in the same general area. Other witnesses include a former AF officer. (We hope to get permission to use his name and detailed report.)        

Reference for the above text is: UFO Investigator, publication of NICAP, Vol. III, No. 9, August-September 1966, p. 3.           

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North America – United States, Virginia,Richmond     
Richmond          Latitude 37-33-14 N, Longitude 077-27-37 W (D-M-S) [populated place]    
Henrico County Latitude 37-27-28 N, Longitude 077-17-47 W [civil]
Henrico            Latitude 36-35-34 N, Longitude 078-36-58 W [populated place - Mecklenburg]         
Reference: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=154:1:1765846258792399         

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