Man arrested after Portsmouth police pursuit

Posted at 4:36 PM, Dec 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-19 19:12:13-05

Portsmouth, Va. - A 43-year-old man has been arrested on several charges following a police pursuit that ended in a crash on Thursday evening.

The incident began Thursday afternoon when Portsmouth Police officers were called to a residence in the 2500 block of Chestnut Street for reports of
domestic violence.

When officers arrived, they were told that 43-year-old Hilbert C. Watford had already left the residence. They were also told that Watford had nine outstanding warrants.

Hilbert C Watford

Hilbert C Watford

When officers left to secure domestic assault and battery charges against Watford, he returned to the residence and the victim called police.

Officers responded to arrest Watford but as they approached his vehicle, Watford attempted to elude them, almost striking both officers in the process.

Watford then hit the bumper of a parked police vehicle as he fled the area.

Officers began to pursue Watford until he crashed his vehicle after hitting a median at Effingham Street and Portsmouth Blvd., causing the vehicle to overturn.

Watford sustained minor injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment. No one else was injured.

After treatment, Watford was taken to the magistrate and charged with Felony Eluding, Felony Domestic Assault and Battery, Felony Hit and Run, Attempted Capital Murder (x2), Destruction of Property, Reckless Driving and driving while suspended.  Watford was also served his nine outstanding warrants from the cities of Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Norfolk.