Va. Beach teen arrested, charged following overnight police chase

Credit: WAVY/Erin Kelly
Credit: WAVY/Erin Kelly

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A 17-year-old boy from Virginia Beach is facing several charges, including attempted capital murder, following an overnight police chase across two counties.

The chase began around 12:30 a.m. Thursday when a deputy saw a car speeding on the eastbound side of Interstate 64, according to a news release from the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office.

The deputy tried to stop the car, but the driver refused and continued east on I-64, before exiting at the West Point exit. The driver then went east on Route 33 at a high rate of speed, and went down several New Kent roads during the chase.

Authorities say the suspect drove toward a deputy who was on foot at one point during the chase. The deputy had to jump out of the way to avoid getting hit.

The chase continued down several more roads, with the suspect driving onto and damaging private property.

The teen was ultimately stopped and taken into custody in James City County. The New Kent County Sheriff’s Office said three of its vehicles and two Virginia State Police vehicles were involved in the pursuit.

Authorities say he was driving a car that had been recently stolen out of Powhatan County.

He was reportedly wanted out of Virginia Beach on numerous violations, and is now facing a long list of charges in connection with his arrest Thursday. The charges include:

  • Attempted capital murder
  • Felony eluding
  • Four counts destruction of property
  • Reckless driving
  • Grand larceny auto
  • Possession of stolen property (credit cards)
  • Failing to obey traffic signals
  • Failure to wear a seat belt
  • Trespassing

No one was hurt during the chase, but authorities say three New Kent Sheriff’s Office vehicles were damaged. Both Virginia State Police and James City County Police assisted in the chase.