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16-year-old arrested after police chase ends in rollover crash on I-95

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Posted at 6:49 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 18:49:32-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Police say a Petersburg teen has been arrested after a police chase and crash on Interstate 95 in Sussex County Tuesday morning.

At 6:22 a.m., the radar in Deputy Stewart Hudson’s patrol car sounded

"I had a vehicle enter my radar at 95 miles per hour,” said Hudson.

Deputy Hudson was running radar on Interstate 95, in the town of Stoney Creek in Sussex County.

"I got behind the vehicle, at that time, he increased his speed, he was weaving in and out of traffic, going on the side median strip, back into traffic,” Hudson recalled.

The pursuit was short lived when the driver tried to exit at the Prince George County rest area.

"At that time, he lost control of the vehicle, going towards the left, near the trees. He wrecked the vehicle, flipped twice,” said Deputy Hudson.

When Hudson got to the upside down car he says he was surprised to learn the driver was 16 years old.

The 2009 Hyundai Elantra with 30 day tags was stolen from Chesterfield County.

The owner of the car bought it just 6 days ago and it’s a total loss.

Law enforcement also made a discovery when they searched the teen.

"We found a spent casing round that had been already fired that was in his pocket, then we found other ammo in his pocket," said Hudson.

Inside the overturned car, investigators found a 9 mm rifle with a loaded magazine.

The Petersburg teen, who law enforcement says is currently on probation, now facing seven charges: reckless driving, eluding police, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm under the age of 18, possession of transporting a firearm, and no seat belt.

Petersburg Police are also investigating to determine if the teen is involved in several recent shootings.

During the pursuit, Deputy Hudson says he got some help from two motorists. Two tractor trailer drivers slowed down traffic after the pursuit went by and continued to slow down traffic to keep other drivers out of harm’s way.