Driver apprehended after Newport News police chase

Posted at 11:36 PM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-03 09:03:58-04

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Police took a driver into custody after a police pursuit Friday night.

Around 9:30 p.m., Newport News Police officers were following a stolen 2015 Ford Expedition.

NNPD requested the State Police’s assistance in stopping the vehicle, state police said.

State Troopers came in contact with the vehicle on westbound I-64 near Jefferson Avenue, where a short pursuit ensued.

The driver, 20-year-old Oliver Copeland, fled to the Walmart on Jefferson Avenue, just off the interstate, and abandoned the vehicle running on foot, according to police.

Copeland was apprehended and charged with felony eluding, felony possession of stolen property, driving while suspended, possession of marijuana, and reckless driving. He is currently being held in jail without bond.

Police said there was no damage to any vehicles involved and no injuries reported.