NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Three suspects were taken into custody Wednesday morning after police chased a stolen car in Newport News.
Virginia State Police (VSP) Sgt. Michelle Anaya tells WAVY.com a trooper tried to stop a car going 90 mph in a 60 mph zone on Interstate 64, near J. Clyde Morris Boulevard.
The trooper ran the vehicle’s tags, and found it was a stolen. Anaya says the driver took off and a chase ensued.
Around 6:30 a.m., at the Walmart in the 6000 block of Jefferson Avenue, Newport News Police say a detective spotted three men get into a car that matched the description from the State Police incident. Additional officers were called to the scene.
The driver of the suspect vehicle tried to leave the parking lot by driving out a Walmart entrance, but a police officer stopped his cruiser to block the entrance.
Police say the officer got out and the suspect car rammed into the police vehicle.
Three people in the car got out and were taken into custody. Officers found two handguns while they were apprehending the suspects.
According to police, the 2014 Toyota Corolla had been reported stolen in Suffolk.
A few hours later, around 9:30 a.m., officers located another stolen car in the 5800 block of Marshall Avenue in Newport News. The driver sped off and struck a tree while turning onto Gloucester Drive. After the crash, three people got out and ran from the scene. Officers caught up with two of them, but are still looking for the third. Schools in the area were temporarily placed on lockdown during the search.
Police believe the two incidents Wednesday morning are related.
Stay with WAVY for updates.