Teens arrested on outstanding warrants after crashing car into Portsmouth building

Posted at 3:05 PM, Jan 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-17 19:15:03-05

Portsmouth, Va. - Two teens were arrested on outstanding warrants Thursday afternoon after crashing a car into a commercial building while trying to flee police.

At around 1:50 pm a Portsmouth police sergeant recognized 18-year-old Taquan Deontray Harper driving a white Lexus in the area of London Boulevard and Constitution Avenue. Harper was wanted on outstanding juvenile petitions for a felony charge of burglary.

A uniformed officer responded to assist the sergeant with stopping the Lexus. After a short pursuit, the Lexus failed to make the turn from High Street onto Constitution Avenue and crashed into the Hampton Roads Communications Technologies building.

No employees were injured in the crash, but the building was damaged.

Harper and his passenger, 19 year-old, Esshawnda Valvetta Smith, attempted to run away but were captured.

Harper  was taken into custody on the outstanding charges and was later charged with driving without a license, hit and run and eluding police.  He was not injured.  The vehicle was not registered to Harper and Investigators are attempting to locate an owner.   

Smith was taken to Maryview Hospital and after being treated she was released back to police custody. She was wanted on outstanding charges related to burglary, grand larceny, possession of stolen property, obtaining money by false pretense and destruction of property and was turned over to the Portsmouth Sheriff's Office.