Police chase ends after foot pursuits, suspect drives into Norfolk church

NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A police pursuit in Norfolk ended when the suspect vehicle hit a church on Berkley Ave. Ext. and both the driver and passenger inside initiated brief foot pursuits Monday afternoon.

Officers were notified about a grey Nissan Rogue on E. Olney Rd. and Lincoln St. where both the driver and passenger were allegedly brandishing firearms and threatening several pedestrians.

Police saw the SUV and attempted a traffic stop around 12:50 p.m. The vehicle refused to stop and made its way onto I-264. While on Berkley Bridge, the vehicle sideswiped a tractor trailer, but kept going.

The driver took the exit towards W. Berkley Ave. and continued onto E. Berkley Ave. 

The suspect car struck an unoccupied parked car at Vine St. and Vernon Dr. after it turned onto Wilson Rd., then onto Cypress St. and Vernon Dr.

After striking the car, the passenger got out, and attempted to run from police. He was detained by police soon after.

PHOTOS: Police chase ends after suspect vehicle drives into Norfolk church

The suspect driver continued down Vernon Dr. and then onto Berkley Ave. Extended and struck First Baptist Church of Berkley.

The driver also initiated a short foot pursuit and was taken into custody shortly after.

Both the suspect driver and passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries. The 21-year-old passenger was treated on scene, but the 25-year-old driver was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

No one else was injured.

There are no other details at this time, including information on charges.

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