2-car crash sends state trooper, suspect to hospital

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) – A state police pursuit ended with a wreck Thursday in Chesapeake and a trooper in the hospital.

Around 12:30 a.m., the trooper on I-464 southbound picked up a four-door black Dodge coming down the interstate at almost 20 mph over the speed limit, according to authorities. As state police followed, the driver refused to stop and turned onto the South Military Highway exit continuing northbound.

Sgt. J. Havrilla, who was listening to radio traffic, pulled onto the right shoulder of South Military just north of Georgetown Boulevard and waited for the suspect, Mario Ferbee. As Ferbee came over the hill crest, he lost control and swerved across the lanes striking Havrilla’s patrol car in the back, Sgt. Michelle Anaya said.

The impact pushed the state police vehicle into the road, and it was hit a second time. After running into Havrilla, Ferbee’s 2013 car ran off the road and into a pole.

State police said the suspect was going 79 mph in a 60 mph zone on I-464.

Both Havrilla and Ferbee were taken to a local hospital with injuries considered not life-threatening.

Ferbee from the 2900 block of Wingfield Avenue in Chesapeake was released into the custody of state police and taken to Norfolk City Jail. He was charged with driving under the influence and a felony elude. He will not be receiving bond.

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