Pursuit suspect charged with attempted capital murder

Hilbert C Watford (Photo provided by Portsmouth police).

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – Police have charged the suspect of a Thursday vehicle pursuit with two counts of attempted capital murder, among a list of other offenses.

Scene of crash where Portsmouth police chase  ended at Effingham Street and Portsmouth Boulevard. (WAVY/Aaron Kurtz)
Scene of crash where Portsmouth police chase ended at Effingham Street and Portsmouth Boulevard. (WAVY/Aaron Kurtz)

Portsmouth police spokeswoman Detective Misty Holley said the incident began as a domestic violence call, involving 43-year-old Hilbert C. Watford and a family member. When officers got to the scene, Watford had already left. That’s when they learned Watford was wanted for nine outstanding charges, so the officers left to get domestic assault and battery warrants for his arrest.

When police left, Holley said Watford returned to the location and the family member called police again. Police officers returned around 4 p.m., but as they approached Watford, who was in a two-door sedan, he drove off, almost hitting both officers. Instead, he hit the rear bumper of a parked police vehicle and continued to flee in his vehicle.

The officers chased Watford’s vehicle, which hopped a curb and median then ran into a crosswalk button on a light pole in the 800 block of Portsmouth Boulevard. The car landed near the truck inspection area going into the shipyard.

Watford was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. Upon his release, officers took Watford to a magistrate,w here he was charged with the following: felony eluding law enforcement, felony domestic assault and battery, felony hit and run, two counts attempted capital murder, destruction of property, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license.

Watford was also served the outstanding warrants, which were filed in Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Norfolk.

No one other than Watford was injured during this course of events.

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