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A 17-year-old from Virginia Beach is facing multiple charges, including attempted capital murder, after an overnight chase through two counties led to his arrest in James City County early Thursday morning.
According to a news release from the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office, the chase began around 12:30 a.m. Thursday when a New Kent deputy saw a car speeding on the eastbound side of Interstate 64.
The deputy activated his vehicle’s emergency equipment and attempted to stop the speeding vehicle, but the vehicle failed to stop and continued east on I-64 before exiting the interstate at the West Point exit, heading eastbound on Route 33 at a high rate of speed, the release stated.
The suspect then turned his vehicle around on Route 33 and led police westbound before turning onto Route 249 and eventually entered a wooded area along Langley Pines Road. The suspect then turned his vehicle around and traveled back to Route 249 eastbound and onto Route 30.
At one point the suspect drove the vehicle toward a New Kent deputy who was on foot. The deputy had to jump from the path of the vehicle to avoid being struck, the release stated.
The suspect continued to lead police on several additional roadways and onto private property, damaging private property, the release stated.
The teen was apprehended just inside the entrance to Stonehouse in James City County.
He was arrested by the New Kent County Sheriff’s Department. There are no charges pending from James City County, although the James City County Police Department did assist with scene management at the arrest site, said agency spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.
According to the release, the vehicle the suspect was operating was recently reported stolen from Powhatan County. The teen was wanted out of Virginia Beach for numerous violations.
There were no injuries as a result of the chase, although three New Kent Sheriff’s Office vehicles were damaged, according to the release.
The teenager has been charged in New Kent County with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer; felony eluding; four counts of felony destruction of property; grand larceny auto; reckless driving; possession of stolen property; failing to obey traffic signals; failure to wear a seat belt; and trespassing.