Suspect in Chesapeake fatal crash arrested during traffic stop

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Posted at 12:26 PM, Aug 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-23 12:26:55-04

THE ARREST COMES A MONTH AFTER EARLS FLED THE SCENE OF A FATAL CAR CRASH THAT TOOK THE LIFE OF JAHSANI JEAN-BAPTISTE IN JULY. — NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Newport News Police Department arrested 29-year-old Johnathan Earls, Sunday night at a traffic stop.

The arrest comes a month after Earls allegedly fled the scene of a fatal car crash that took the life of Jahsani Jean-Baptiste in July. Earls had been on the run since then, police said.

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Authorities are charging Earls with hit and run/fatality, felony eluding, felony homicide, felony possession of a firearm, reckless driving, and driving while revoked.

Earls is being held at the Newport News City Jail and received no bond.