Police search for Alex Tew, suspect that jumped off West Norfolk Bridge to evade arrest

Alex Tew Mugshot
West Norfolk Bridge crash scene
Posted at 7:05 AM, Oct 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-28 16:05:08-04

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - A suspect took officers on a pursuit early Tuesday morning where he fled the scene by jumping off a bridge.

Officers attempted a traffic stop around 4:52 a.m., near the 3100 block of Deep Creek Boulevard. The driver, 26-year-old Alex Tew, has several warrants on file.

According to authorities, police were pursuing the stolen vehicle just before 5 a.m. and the pursuit ended around 5:26 a.m. when the car crashed on the bridge.

Two men were arrested at the scene. A third male suspect, Tew, fled from the vehicle and jumped off the West Norfolk Bridge into the Elizabeth River to evade arrest.

Tew is wanted for Felony Probation Violation from Chesapeake and Domestic Assault in Suffolk.

Tew's charges for the pursuit and several stolen vehicles in Portsmouth are pending.

Officials say that a Rescue Response team was sent to West Norfolk Bridge by the Coast Guard.

Authorities are still actively looking for Tew. They believe that he left the water and fled on foot to the Bayview area.

Detectives have secured warrants for Tew that include Carjacking, two counts of Abduction, Felony Eluding, three counts of Grand larceny, obstruction of justice and Driving While Revoked. Investigators have also recovered four stolen motorcycles, a stolen van and a stolen trailer.

The investigation is ongoing.

Police encourage anyone with information on his whereabouts to contact the Property Crimes Unit at 757–393–8536 or to submit an anonymous tip through the Portsmouth Crime Line at 1–888-LOCK-U-UP.