Infant in vehicle during police pursuit

Teresa Hunter (Photo by Chesapeake Police)

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A Portsmouth woman has been charged after trying to elude Chesapeake Police Thursday night, causing a brief pursuit.

Around 9 p.m., Chesapeake Police tried to initiate a traffic stop near the intersection of Berkeley Avenue and Leonard Avenue for a minor equipment violation, but the vehicle did not stop and a pursuit began, according to Detective Boykin.

Officers were able to apprehend the vehicle quickly, near the intersection of Border Road and Bethel Road. Boykin said two women and an infant were inside, and that during the pursuit, one of them threw a gun and what police believe to be narcotics out of the vehicle. All of the items were recovered.

No one was injured.

The driver was later identified as Teresa Hunter, 25, of Portsmouth, according to Kelly O’Sullivan with Chesapeake Police. She was arrested and charged with felony eluding police, child endangerment, possession of a stolen firearm, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession with intent to distribute marijuana and defective equipment.

O’Sullivan said the one-year-old boy was neither the child of Hunter nor the other passenger. His mother, a friend of Hunter’s, picked him up after the incident.

Hunter is being held in the Chesapeake City Jail without bond.

The passenger will not be charged.

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