Hampton man accused of parking in handicap accessible space, assaulting officer and fleeing from scene

Posted at 4:26 PM, Oct 12, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-12 23:20:46-04

Hampton, Va. - A Hampton man is facing a host of charges after what started out as a parking violation turned into a much more serious scene.

On October 11th at around 10 p.m., police were at a 7-Eleven store on 365 Denbigh Boulevard on a call about a theft when they spotted 22-year-old Terrell Gus Daniels in a Nissan Sentra playing loud music. Police say they noticed he was parked in a handicap accessible space but no placard was showing in the vehicle.  Police also say he did not have the proper disabled vehicle tags to be able to park in the space.

An officer spoke with Daniels while in the parking lot, and police say Daniels reached in the vehicle to turn the music down and the officer saw a gun in the car.

The officer told Daniels to refrain from reaching for the firearm and Daniels got into the car and left the parking lot.

While he was driving away, he hit the officer's finger and led police on a chase.

A few blocks into the chase up Denbigh Boulevard, police say Daniels turned onto Darden Drive, drove into someone's yard, crashed into two parked vehicles and then hit a garage door.

They were able to arrest him a few houses down from the crash.

Some neighbors tell NewsChannel 3 that they ran outside after hearing a loud screech and crash.

"We ran out of the house and my husband actually saw him jump out of the car and jump over the neighbor's truck and keep running," says Melissa Risvanoglu, who lives along Darden Drive. "It was scary, it was definitely scary, my heart was pounding when I came out here."

Daniels has been charged with playing loud music, parking in a handicap accessible space, reckless driving on private property, assault and battery on a law enforcement officer, evade and elude, reckless driving,  felony leaving the scene, obstruction, possession of firearm by felon, driving on a suspended license, operating an uninsured vehicle and possession of marijuana. Daniels also had outstanding warrants in Hampton related to a previous robbery conviction.

Police say the two vehicles that Daniel crashed into were badly damaged. There was minimal damage to the home.