YORKTOWN — Deputies from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office (YPSO) have arrested a 15-year-old from Hampton after the car he was in lead law enforcement on a high speed chase on the wrong side of George Washington Memorial Highway (U.S. Route 17) heading towards Gloucester in the early morning hours of Friday, Feb. 18.
According to a post on the YPSO Facebook page, deputies responded to a call about multiple people trying to gain entry into vehicles in the 100 block of Grant Court just after 1 a.m.
Upon arrival, deputies observed one subject run toward Grant Court. After inspecting the immediate area on foot, YPSO stated that the suspect’s vehicle, a red sedan, fled from Grant Court toward the deputies.
One deputy yelled for the suspect to stop but the vehicle accelerated and fled the complex toward Route 17.
Other deputies in the area located the vehicle as it exited onto Route 17 heading north towards Gloucester in the southbound lane. YPSO followed the car in the correct travel lane. Luckily, there was very little traffic that early in the morning.
The chase lasted until a mile past the Coleman Bridge before the suspect vehicle wrecked.
Four male subjects ran from the vehicle in different directions. A 15-year-old male from Hampton was taken into custody.
During the investigation, it was discovered that the vehicle was stolen from Hampton earlier that day, but the keys had been taken during a home invasion the night before. Multiple firearms and items of value were recovered from the scene of the crash.