Hampton woman arrested after allegedly sending law enforcement on multi-county car chase

Posted at 3:52 PM, Feb 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-16 19:08:29-05

Melissa Faye Reyes Reyes. Photo provided by the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office.

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. – Multiple law enforcement agencies helped bring in a 28-year-old Hampton woman who led police and deputies on a high-speed chase.

The suspect in the high-speed chase is Melissa Faye Reyes Reyes, and deputies in Southampton County finally stopped her when they deployed spike strips to slow her vehicle down.

The pursuit of Reyes Reyes’ Toyota Scion started in Mecklenburg County and traveled through Brunswick County, Greensville County and the City of Emporia on Route 58, according to officials. She allegedly topped speeds 100 miles per hour when trying to avoid authorities.

Southampton County deputies took over the chase when the car entered their jurisdiction.

The Southampton County Sheriff’s Office said that while trying to stop Reyes Reyes’ car, a Southampton sheriff’s deputy vehicle was almost hit.  The suspect’s car darted off of the highway and traveled through the Food Lion parking lot, coming to a stop at the Hardee’s on Southampton Parkway.

Reyes Reyes had to be physically removed from the car. But she was taken into custody without further incident.

Three children were also in the car that Reyes Reyes was driving. The ages of the children are 7, 12 and 15.

Police say that they were later picked up by a family member, and were provided food by the Hardee’s that was near where the incident ended.

Reyes Reyes was charged with felony eluding, reckless driving, assault on law enforcement, and three counts of felony child neglect. Information received from Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office and Emporia Police Department indicate that they will also be pursuing criminal charges against Reyes Reyes.

There were no injuries that were reported in connection with this car chase.