CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Four people are in custody, and a fifth remains on the loose, following a police chase Wednesday morning that started in Norfolk and ended in Chesapeake.
Norfolk police say the chase started after a Norfolk Police Fugitive Squad and U.S. Marshals Task Force saw a car at the intersection of Park and Brambleton avenues with five occupants identified as armed suspects in a previous incident.
Officers tried to stop the a blue Mazda sedan but the driver took off at a high rate of speed.
Police say the officers chased the car into Chesapeake, where Chesapeake officers took over on Providence Road.
The driver refused to stop, and lost control attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Rock Creek Road. Police say the Mazda left the road and hit an unoccupied car parked in a driveway.
“10 o’clock in the morning, nice day outside, quiet neighborhood. You don’t expect to see stuff like that, you don’t prepare yourself for stuff like that,” said Patricia Rountree, who lives nearby and walks on Providence Road to get to work. “Next thing I know they hit that corner real hard, bashed in the back of some people’s car and they jumped out and started running. They literally missed me by about five to 10 feet. I had just crossed the street.”
All five people inside the car ran from the scene, according to police.
Officers from both departments were able to catch four of the suspects, and are still searching for the fifth. As police cleared the scene, officers scattered in every direction, looking for that last suspect and placing multiple people in handcuffs.
Resident Vivian Riddick saw two young men in handcuffs after she walked outside and realized it was her car that stopped the chase. She says she’s thankful she was inside when the crash happened.
“I could’ve been dead. I could’ve been in the hospital,” said Riddick.
Riddick’s relative, Rhonda Smith, was driving by when she saw what she describes as chaos.
“Everything was going through my mind. I didn’t know what could have actually have been happening cause nothing happens out here hardly ever,” said Smith.
A Chesapeake Public Schools spokesperson said multiple schools were placed on precautionary lockdown due to the investigation: Georgetown Primary School, Indian River Middle School, Indian River High School and Chesapeake Alternative School.
The lockdowns have since been lifted.
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