Newport News, Va. – A Newport News man took Police on a chase that left him trapped in his overturned vehicle late Friday night. Over a two minute time span the driver forced Police to speed through portions of Jefferson Avenue after an officer thought he saw the driver of a 1994 Ford Mustang hit a pedestrian in the parking lot of a convenience store at the intersection of Jefferson Avenue & Denbigh Boulevard.
As the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the driver kept going as he entered the St. Andrews apartment complex where he hit a parked car. He then continued back onto Jefferson Avenue where he reached speeds of 80 miles per hour before losing control of his vehicle and overturning multiple times. The driver then struck a utility pole before coming to a complete stop, trapping himself inside.
Newport News Fire Department crews used heavy duty rescue equipment to remove the driver from the vehicle before transporting him to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The driver has been identified as Allen Leach, II, of the 100 block of Windsor Circle Drive. Leach has been charged with his second Driving Under the Influence offense in 10 years, seventh Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License offense, Reckless Driving, Damage to Property, Felony Destruction to Property and leaving the scene of an accident.
Lou Thurston with Newport News Police says neither the officer nor the pedestrian were injured during the incident.
Debris from the crash also damaged a vehicle in the new car dealership where the crash occurred.