Man sentenced for Oceanfront carjacking, chase

Jason Smith, photo courtesy Virginia Beach Police.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man will spend two decades behind bars for a carjacking last year, that turned into a police chase.

On Wednesday, a judge sentenced 35-year-old Jason Thomas Smith to 40 years in prison, but suspended 20. He pleaded guilty in October for carjacking, malicious wounding, eluding police and hit and run.

Police say Smith demanded a real estate agent’s keys at knifepoint near the Oceanfront May 22, 2014. When she wouldn’t give them up, he assaulted her — slicing her arm and breaking her finger — and took the keys to her 2012 Honda CRV.

Then, he led police on a chase half-way through the city, down Interstate 264 to Town Center. He crashed into a vehicle at a stop sign, pushing it into a fence in front of a restaurant. The car was totaled and one of the occupants when to a local hospital with multiple injuries.

Smith kept going and crashed into a police car before coming to a stop on a median along Virginia Beach Boulevard. He fled on foot, but was caught by police.

According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, Smith had prior convictions for forgery of a public record, burglary, petit larceny, uttering a forged check, concealed weapon by a felon, refuse ID to police and multiple probation violations.

He is due back in court May 18 for a violation of probation hearing.

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