Officer injured during foot pursuit in Newport News

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) – A man is in custody after a police pursuit that started near Jefferson Avenue and Bellwood Road ended on foot early Saturday.

Police say shortly after midnight, a Newport News police officer, in a marked police car, was stopped at a red traffic signal in the northbound lane of Jefferson Avenue and Bellwood Road. Then, a Ford Taurus traveling northbound on Jefferson Avenue drove past the officer and through the intersection at a high rate of speed.

The officer attempted to stop the Taurus on Main Street but the driver did not stop and turned onto Village Parkway. The driver then made a U-turn and did not stop for the stop sign at Village Parkway and Jefferson Avenue and crashed into a Ford pickup truck that was traveling northbound on Jefferson Avenue.

The driver of the Taurus ran from the scene, on foot, and was taken into custody by officers after a short foot chase.

One officer received non life-threatening back and hand injuries during the on-foot pursuit. The officer was treated and released from the hospital.

Gary Jerrell Mack, 26, of the 600 block of Aquavista Drive in Newport News, was charged with one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol, refusal to take a blood or breath test, disregarding a red traffic signal, disregarding officer’s signal to stop and reckless driving and was placed in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.