Police searching for driver after police pursuit, crash lead to recovery of stolen vehicle

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Posted at 10:09 AM, May 10, 2020

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - The Virginia State Police is searching for the driver of a stolen vehicle after he allegedly led police on a pursuit that ended in a crash.

According to police, on Saturday at approximately 10:40 p.m., a Virginia State Trooper was running radar on I-664 S when he saw a 2014 Mazda 6 traveling 90 mph in a 60 mph zone. The trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over, but the driver refused to stop.

During the pursuit, police learned that the Maryland registration and tags were stolen out of Baltimore, Maryland. The vehicle led troopers onto I-64, then exited onto Route 17 towards Portsmouth, where it ran off the road on Canal Street and struck a pole.

The driver and front seat passenger fled on foot. Two female juveniles were seated in the back seat and were uninjured.

The Mazda was found to be stolen out of Virginia Beach, and a search of the area entailed. The front seat passenger, a 17-year-old juvenile, was located shortly after. Police learned he tossed a firearm in the marsh area, which has since been recovered by the Virginia State Police Search/Rescue Team.

The driver, an unknown male, is still at large and troopers are still attempting to locate him.

The investigation is currently ongoing.