VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach man pleaded guilty to several charges, including second-degree murder, related to a 2014 police chase and car crash that killed one man.
James William Dyson Jr., 29, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, DUI, eluding police, refusal, driving with a suspended operator’s license and failure to wear a safety belt.
According to the Commonwealth’s evidence, a Virginia Beach Police officer attempted to pull Dyson over the night of Jan. 5, 2014.
The officer had reportedly seen Dyson driving through a red light in a silver Suzuki SUV on Lynnhaven Parkway. Dyson slowed his car and pulled into a right turn lane, before driving westbound.
Dyson reportedly kept going at a slow pace, but did not stop. He eventually sped the car up in front of Salem Middle School. The officer did not accelerate, and eventually found Dyson’s car overturned at Pleasant Valley Road.
Police say that Dyson’s SUV hit another man’s car as it was pulling out of a Sunoco gas station. The collision caused the car to roll on to its passenger side and slide across the intersection — which resulted in the death of the passenger, Kelvin Bracy.
The accident also ejected Dyson — who was not wearing a seat belt — from the SUV and injured two passengers. One of the injured passengers suffered a collapsed lung, broken right femur and a closed head injury.
Dyson is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 29, and faces a maximum of 50 years in prison.