Virginia Beach teen charged after overnight police chase

13News Now Niko Clemmons has the story

JAMES CITY COUNTY, Va. (WVEC) -- A Virginia Beach teen is facing multiple charges after leading police on a chase from New Kent County to James City County overnight.

The incident began at 12:30 a.m. Thursday when a deputy with the New Kent County Sheriff's Office saw a car speeding down eastbound I-64. The deputy turned on his emergency equipment and attempted to stop the vehicle, which refused to stop.

The suspect vehicle continued on I-64 before getting off at the West Point exit.

According to the sheriff's office, the car sped eastbound on Route 33 before turning around and heading westbound, turning onto Route 249. The suspect vehicle then turned onto Pamunkey Church Road and continued onto Langley Pines Road, where it entered a wooded area.

The suspect vehicle then headed back to eastbound Route 249 and onto Route 30.

Authorities say, at one point the suspect, a 17-year-old boy from Virginia Beach, drove the car toward a New Kent sheriff's deputy who was on foot. The deputy reportedly had to jump out of the path of the vehicle to avoid being hit.

The teen continued driving the vehicle on several more roadways and onto private property, before entering James City County and being stopped just inside the entrance to Stonehouse.

The teen was taken into custody and the vehicle was found to have been reported stolen from Powhatan County.

Officials in Powhatan County said another vehicle was found where the suspect vehicle had been stolen. It had been reported stolen in Virginia Beach and abandoned in Powhatan County.

No injuries were reported during the incident, however, three New Kent County Sheriff's Office vehicles were damaged.

Marjorie Watkins lives near where the chase ended.

“It is very scary along with the other incidents we've had in the area in the last week,” Watkins says.

Lyn McRoy also lives down the street.

He says it’s not unusual for hear sirens late at night, but Thursday morning was different.

“I heard the cars going by at a high speed,” McRoy says.

The James City County Police Department assisted during the arrest.
The 17-year-old faces several charges, including:

  • Attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer
  • Felony eluding,
  • Four counts of felony destruction of property,
  • Grand larceny auto,
  • Reckless driving,
  • Possession of stolen property (credit cards),
  • Failing to obey traffic signals
  • Failure to wear a seat belt
  • Trespassing


The teen was also wanted in Virginia Beach for several other violations.


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