Stolen car pulled from water at Rudee Inlet; Two teens charged

Posted at 5:23 AM, Apr 02, 2015

Virginia Beach, Va. - A stolen car was pulled from the water in Virginia Beach and two people were arrested not far from the scene.

Police said 19-year-old Layton Pickell was behind the wheel of a stolen 2008 black Ford Fusion that landed in the Rudee Inlet.

Pickell was charged with Grand Larceny, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony, DWI, Unlawful Possession of Alcohol and Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor.

He is being held in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center without bond.

A minor was also with him when he was arrested.

It took hours for the Virginia Beach Dive Team get the damaged car out of the water.

Debris dangled from the car as neighbors watched the dive team work.

Glen Whitehurst said, "The only thing I've seen come out here are fish and crabs. It's the quietest neighborhood, quiet as church."

But a screeching car startled people at around 2 a.m. this morning.

The car had a handicap license plate.

Neighbor said they saw two young males running from the scene.

One woman who did not want to be identified said, "There were two guys walking away but the thing is there is a reason why they are alive. They should've been dead as fast as the car was going, as fast as an airplane ."

Bill said, "If somebody is coming down this road, not familiar with it and driving fast, they'll be in trouble before they realize that they're in trouble."

People in the neighborhood said they are just glad everyone is okay.

Schonauer said, "All I can say is that had to be a hell of a ride."

The second person, a juvenile, was charged with Grand Larceny, Unlawful Possession of Alcohol and Curfew Violation.

No fuel leaked from the car into the water.