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Teen charged with attempted capital murder of officer

Posted at 6:42 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 18:31:29-04

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. -- A 17-year-old Virginia Beach driver was charged with attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer and numerous other crimes after leading officers on an early-morning pursuit.

The situation started at about 12:30 a.m. Thursday when a New Kent Sheriff's Deputy attempted to pullover the teen's car for speeding on Interstate 64 east.

The teen, a sheriff's spokesman said, refused to stop.

"The suspect vehicle exited I-64 at the West Point exit and headed eastbound on Rt. 33 at a high rate of speed," a New Kent Sheriff's Office spokesperson said. "The vehicle turned around on Rt. 33 and headed westbound turning onto Rt. 249. The suspect vehicle continued on Rt. 249 to Pamunkey Church Rd. where it turned onto Pamunkey Church and then onto Langley Pines Rd.

"The vehicle then entered a wooded area along Langley Pines Rd. The suspect vehicle traveled back to Rt. 249 eastbound and onto Rt. 30.

"At one point the suspect drove the vehicle toward a New Kent Deputy who was on foot and who had to jump from the path of the vehicle to avoid being struck.

"The suspect vehicle continued to travel on several additional roadways and onto private property, damaging private property, before entering James City County and ultimately being stopped just inside the entrance to Stonehouse."

The car the 17-year-old driver was operating had been reported stolen from Powhatan County.

"There were no injuries and three New Kent Sheriff’s Office vehicles were damaged as a result of this situation," a New Kent Sheriff's Office spokesperson said.

The teenager was charged with:

1. Attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer

2. Felony Eluding

3. Felony destruction of property (x4)

4. Grand Larceny Auto

5. Reckless Driving

6. Possession of stolen property (credit cards)

7. Failing to obey traffic signals

8. Failure to wear a seat belt

9. Trespassing

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