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Portsmouth teen arrested following high-speed chase on I-64 East

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Posted at 9:06 AM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 09:06:46-05

NEW KENT, Va. - A 16-year-old Portsmouth boy was arrested early Thursday morning after a chase in what the Virginia State Police say was a stolen vehicle.

According to the VSP, at 1:47 a.m. Thursday, a trooper attempted to pull over a speeding vehicle on I-64 East near the 213 mile marker. The driver refused to pull over, and the vehicle's plates came back as having been reported stolen out of the city of Portsmouth.

Police pursued the vehicle, reaching speeds of 100 mph. Troopers deployed tire deflation devices at mile marker 239, and the vehicle continued on I-64 until it became disabled two miles later.

The 16-year-old driver, as well as two juvenile passengers, were taken into custody. The passengers were released to their parents, while the driver was taken to Merrimac Juvenile Detention Center.

The driver was charged with felony eluding, reckless driving, possession of stolen property and driving without a license. No charges have been given to the two passengers.