SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Two police jurisdictions were involved in taking a driver into custody Wednesday afternoon after he refused to stop for police and then crashed at a local cemetery.
Around 2 p.m., a Chesapeake officer initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Homestead Road and South Military Highway in the Deep Creek area Chesapeake. Police pursued the suspect, 28-year-old Dwayne Goodman, who was driving a stolen black Camaro, into the city of Suffolk on Pughsville Road, where Suffolk officers assisted.
According to police spokeswoman Kelly O’Sullivan, Goodman Jr. drove his vehicle left onto Shoulders Hill Road before crashing at the Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Cemetery. When the vehicle came to a stop, the suspect fled on foot.
While police searched for the suspect on foot, nearby Florence Bowser Elementary and Driver Elementary were put on lockdown at the direction of police, according to Suffolk schools spokesperson Bethanne Bradshaw. The school system sent out the following message to parents at the two schools, via a letter and phone and text messages:
“This is to notify you that today at 2:45 p.m. our schools were placed under a code (Florence Bowser code red and Driver code yellow). We were notified that the police were pursuing a suspect on foot so we took all necessary precautions and locked our buildings down. Please know that the safety of the students was our main priority and we took every necessary precaution. The students were in the classrooms with the teachers and were only allowed to leave with adult supervision. At dismissal, the Suffolk Police Department assisted with Florence Bowser’s departure and Driver was dismissed under close supervision of staff.”
Goodman was taken into custody at 3:35 p.m. by a Chesapeake Police K-9 unit on Bob White Parkway. He received some medical treatment and was placed under arrest, O’Sullivan said. He was charged with possession of a stolen vehicle, felony eluding, hit-and-run (hit a guard rail during pursuit) and driving on a suspended license. He is currently being held in the Chesapeake City Jail.
Police say the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro was stolen out of Newport News.