NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Police say two people driving stolen vehicles caused multiple crashes in Norfolk Friday. One involved a police motorcycle.
This all began around 4:05 p.m., police say.
An officer was flagged down at a gas station in the 2600 block of Tidewater Drive for a report of a woman driving erratically. The officer was on foot and tried to stop the woman, who was driving a truck, but she took off heading down Lindenwold toward 26th Street. The officer ran to his vehicle and tried to catch up to her. Police say the driver then ran a red light at 26th and Leo streets and hit two vehicles. The drivers of both vehicles were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The officer jumped out of his patrol car and tried to pull the woman from the truck, but she sped away again, heading eastbound on 26th Street.
At the intersection of 27th Street and Ruffin Way, the driver of the truck hit another vehicle, then ran off the road, and hit a fence, followed by a tree. The driver of the other vehicle was taken to the hospital, and is expected to be OK. The woman driving the truck got out of the car and ran from the scene as the truck went up in flames. After a short foot pursuit, the woman was arrested.
The vehicle was reported stolen. Charges against the woman are pending.
The officer who was going after the woman called for help during the incident. An officer on a police motorcycle was trying to get the scene to assist. When the motorcycle officer got to the gas station on Tidewater Drive, a white Acura made an illegal U-turn in front of the bike, and hit the officer in the intersection. The Acura proceeded to pull into the gas station and the man driving in bailed and ran away. Police were not able to find him.
The Acura had also been reported stolen.
The officer on the motorcycle is OK and was conscious, alert and walking when medics got to the scene. He was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
The crash involving the police motorcycle happened at the same time the woman in the pick up truck was driving away from the other officer who was trying to stop her.