Suspect in boxers arrested following hit-and-run crash in Norfolk

Dwight Hammond (Photo courtesy of the Norfolk Police Department)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A 45-year-old Chesapeake man is facing charges following a hit-and-run crash overnight in Norfolk.

Officers were called to Brambleton Avenue around 2:40 a.m. Tuesday for a crash that involved several parked cars, a light pole and a power pole. Witnesses at the scene told officers the suspect was at a nearby 7-Eleven parking lot. The suspect, 43-year-old Dwight Donnell Hammond Jr., was found there wearing only boxer shorts.

“Police pulled up he ran over to the store and pulled his pants down and just said, ‘Hey-ya’ll gotta come get me,'” a witness named Tony Green said.

Police say officers tried to talk to Hammond, but he tried to flee and resisted arrest. Hammond was reportedly able to run inside the store, where police again tried to talk to him. However, police say Hammond refused and began fighting with the officers.

“You had people running out of 7-Eleven really scared,” Green said. “They were really scared, especially when he ran in there.”

One of the officers was injured in the attempt to apprehend Hammond. Police say the officer was treated at the scene for injury not considered life-threatening. He was eventually taken in to custody and charged with assault on a police officer, obstruction of justice, disorderly conduct and destruction of property.

Police say more charges are pending in connection with the hit-and-run.

One man tells 10 On Your Side he heard the crash from the store’s parking lot. He says it sounded like an explosion.

“He had knocked out like about maybe 10 cars — brand new cars, old cars. Knocked down a telephone pole. Knocked down all the power down there because, we heard the bang down here,” said Tony Green.

Dominion Energy’s outage map showed around a dozen of outages early Tuesday morning. The cause of outages was listed as a vehicle crash. Police say Hammond is currently in the hospital, and will be taken to Norfolk City Jail once he is released.

The circumstances surrounding the crash were immediately unclear.