Driver identified after Norfolk police pursuit

Photo courtesy Norfolk Police Department

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk detectives have identified the driver of a blue Jeep who led officers on a vehicle pursuit and caused two crashes Thursday afternoon.

Around 2:40 p.m., officers were investigating a possible stolen vehicle near the intersection of Cromwell Drive and Tidewater Drive, according to Cpl. Melinda Wray with Norfolk Police. Officers tried to make contact with the driver of the Jeep, but he put the vehicle in drive and sped away. That’s when the police pursuit began.

The suspect drove westbound on Cromwell Drive and hit a parked school bus in the 1500 block of Willow Wood Road. There were only two people on the bus. The bus driver claimed to have minor injuries and was treated at a local hospital, Wray said.

The pursuit continued along Willow Woods Road, then northbound on Granby Street. Wray said the driver crashed the Jeep into a Dominion Virginia Power pole, near the intersection of Granby Street and Sir Oliver Road. That’s where he was taken into custody.

The suspect was identified by police as 22-year-old Jaleel Yelverton. After the crash, he had injuries that were not life-threatening and was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he remained Friday

Wray said charges against Yelverton are pending his release from the hospital. She said there is an unrelated warrant for Yelverton; he was wanted by police for malicious wounding.

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