Virginia State police seize stolen firearms following short pursuit

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Feb 24, 2021

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - A state police officer attempted to pull a vehicle over for recklessly speeding, but instead was led on a short chase that resulted in an accident, an arrest, and the recovery of stolen firearms.

Around 12:09 p.m. Tuesday, a Virginia State Police Sergeant saw the 2016 Toyota Corolla speeding at 106MPH in a 55MPH zone, traveling eastbound Interstate 64, with four male occupants.

The Sergeant tried to pull the vehicle over with activation of emergency equipment, but the 18-year-old driver refused and continued speeding down Interstate 64.

He eventually lost control, ran off the roadway and struck the jersey wall. Then the vehicle came back onto the roadway, sideswiping a 2011 Chevrolet Cruz. Next, the car struck the guardrail before coming to rest on the shoulder.

None of the adult occupants were wearing seatbelts; they were detained shortly after. A vehicle search led police to three loaded firearms, two of which were reported as stolen.

The driver and front seat passenger had minor injuries and were taken to Riverside Regional Hospital. The back seat passengers claimed to have injuries, but were treated and released at the scene.

The 18-year-old driver was charged with felony elude, concealed weapon, reckless driving, possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of marijuana. He was taken to Newport News City Jail where he received no bond.

The 18-year-old front seat passenger was charged with concealed weapon and possession of a stolen firearm. He was also taken to Newport News City Jail and received a secured bond.

The two backseat passengers, a 19 year old male and a 21 year old male, have not been charged at this time.

The driver of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruz, did not suffer any injuries as a result of the accident.

The investigation is ongoing.