Texas fugitive arrested after leading police on chase starting in Gloucester and ending in Hampton

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Posted at 12:04 PM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-22 12:07:42-05

GLOUCESTER, Va. - A Texas fugitive was arrested after a pursuit that started in Gloucester ended in Hampton Sunday evening.

Gloucester Sheriff’s Office reports that around 8:40 p.m., officials initiated a traffic stop in the White Marsh area of Gloucester.

The driver, 28-year-old Troix Craig Watkins of Newport News, initially stopped the vehicle and was made aware that he was considered a fugitive from Texas.

When police attempted to arrest Watkins on his outstanding charges from Texas, officials say he restarted his vehicle and fled the scene as deputies attempted to remove him from the seat resulting in a traffic pursuit.

Deputies deployed “spike strips” in an effort to safely stop Watkins.

The pursuit which started in Gloucester, Va., proceeded through York County onto I-64 and into Hampton, where it ultimately ended. During the pursuit, deputies were assisted by York County Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia State Police and the Hampton Police Division.

Watkins surrendered peacefully in the end and was taken into custody without any incident. Inside the vehicle, deputies say they discovered a loaded handgun.

Officials have charged Warwick for DUI (3rd or subsequent offense) eluding, possession of firearm by convicted felon and refusal. Fugitive from justice warrants were also served for the unrelated charges in Texas.