NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A Virginia State Trooper received a serious injury during the pursuit of a driver Friday morning.
Around 6 a.m., Trooper L.A. Aviles tried to pull over a vehicle on Interstate 64 in Newport News after witnessing it using the Authorized Vehicles Only crossover near the 252 mile marker. State Police say the driver stopped at first, but moments later sped away down I-64. The suspect got off the interstate at exit 255 and kept going until Campbell Road, which is a dead end street off Bland Boulevard. The driver got out of the car and took off on foot, according to Corinne Geller with VSP.
The trooper caught up with the suspect within minutes and took him into custody.
The trooper was seriously injured during the foot pursuit, Geller said, and is being treated at Mary Immaculate Hospital. Geller did not have information on what kind of injury the trooper received.
The suspect driver, 42-year-old Jeremiah Gibson of Newport News, was charged with DUI habitual offender, a felony count of eluding police, possession of marijuana, providing false information to law enforcement and failure to obey a highway sign.
A related accident occurred during the same time frame.
Geller says another state trooper responding to assist with the pursuit was traveling south on J. Clyde Morris Boulevard when his patrol car hit a Buick traveling eastbound. That impact sent the patrol car into a Mazda stopped at the light on J. Clyde. The driver of the Buick was treated for minor injuries and the trooper was not hurt. State Police say the trooper was traveling with lights and siren activated at the time of the crash. The accident remains under investigation.