Two charged after traffic accident involving officer responding to a scene

Posted at 2:56 PM, Jan 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-23 14:56:48-05

Two people have been charged after hitting a police vehicle that was heading to a robbery call.

The incident occurred on January 7th at 7:27 p.m. Police say officers were responding to a report of a robbery at the Shell gas station in the 10000 block of Jefferson Avenue.

A K-9 officer responding to the scene approached the intersection of Harpersville Road with his emergency equipment activated. The officer slowed at the red light to make sure traffic had stopped and proceeded through the intersection. It was then that the police vehicle was hit by a 2002 Chrysler van.

The officer and the driver of the van were transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The officer’s K-9 was taken to a local veterinarian to be checked and was found to be uninjured.

Following a thorough investigation and after consulting with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the investigating officer charged the driver of the van, Arthur Tennyson Brown, Jr., 44, of the 800 block of Terrace Drive in Newport News, with failure to yield the right of way to an emergency vehicle. Also, the owner of the van, Trina Lamore Brown, 44, of the same address, was charged with allowing the operation of an uninsured vehicle. Both were released on a summons and are scheduled to appear in traffic court on March 13, 2014.

The robbery remains unsolved.