Man arrested after hit-and-run on Norfolk officer

Posted at 10:43 AM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 14:02:17-04

James Somerville. (NPD)

NORFOLK, Va. – A man is in custody after allegedly striking a Norfolk deputy with his vehicle’s mirror while the official directed traffic.

On Sunday around 12:20 p.m., a Norfolk Sheriff’s Deputy was directing traffic for First Baptist Church located at 312 Kempsville Road. While the deputy was directing traffic, a driver became impatient and attempted to drive around.

The vehicle’s mirror struck the deputy in the arm, and the deputy was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Later that afternoon, the driver, James P. Somerville, was arrested in Virginia Beach and charged with hit and run – personal injury and disregarding a police command to stop. He is currently being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond.

Somerville was in Norfolk General District Court Monday morning at 9 a.m. There is no update on the outcome yet.