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Unlicensed 18-year-old arrested after high speed chase on I-64 ends in Hampton

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Posted at 9:51 PM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 21:51:22-04

YORK COUNTY, Va. - An unlicensed 18-year-old was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a high speed police chase on I-64.

According to officials, around 1:18 p.m., a trooper attempted to pull over a 2020 Hyundai Elantra for reckless driving, by going 88 mph in a 65 mph zone, on Interstate 64 at the 243 mile marker.

Police say the driver refused to pull over and continued speeding in the eastbound lanes of I-64 through the city of Newport News.

The driver, 18-year-old Amanuel Tyrek Copeland, of Norfolk, reached speeds in excess of 120 mph and recklessly passed vehicles on the left shoulder in an attempt to elude the trooper, officials say.

Officials say Copeland continued speeding through the city of Newport News and Hampton, on Interstate 64, before another trooper deployed a tire deflation device, at the 64/664 interchange.

The vehicle's left tire became flat, but police say Copeland was able to continue driving the vehicle off the interstate, exiting at Rip Rap Road.

Copeland lost control of the vehicle shortly after, driving off the road and onto the curb at King Street.

Police say Copeland and three other passengers ran out the vehicle.

A 15-year-old female and 16-year-old male were immediately apprehended and Copeland was taken into custody shortly after.

One other passenger fled the scene and was not able to be located, according to officials.

Copeland was taken to the Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail where he has been charged with; reckless driving by speed, felony elude, reckless driving, felony child endangerment (2), no operators license, and no seatbelt.

Copland has been held with no bond, according to officials.

The two teens were released into their parents' custody and police say no charges will be placed.

Police say no injuries were obtained in the chase.