Teen charged with trying to kill an officer after overnight police chase in New Kent County

NEW KENT, Va. (WRIC) — A New Kent County teen has been charged with attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and a slew of other charges after leading police on a chase in a stolen vehicle.

The chase occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning after police attempted to pull the teen driver for speeding along I-64 eastbound in New Kent.

When the officer tried to pull the teenager, the 17-year-old fled.

This began a chase that included the following roads: Route 33, Route 249, Pamunkey Church Road, Langley Pines Road, Route 30.

At one point during the chase, the teen drove the vehicle at a New Kent Deputy who was on foot and had to jump out of the way to avoid being struck.

From there, the teen continued, driving off of roadways and onto private property, damaging private property before eventually entering James City County.

He was ultimately stopped at the entrance to Stonehouse, at which point he was taken into custody.

When police investigated further, they found that the vehicle the teen had been driving had been previously reported stolen from Powhatan County.

A second vehicle was located in the area where the Powhatan vehicle was stolen that had been reported stolen in Virginia Beach and abandoned in the area of Powhatan County.

As it turns out, the teen was previously wanted in Virginia Beach for numerous violations.

There were no injuries as a result of the incident, but three New Kent Sheriff’s Office vehicles were damaged as a result of the situation.

The teen has been charged with the following:

  • Attempted capital murder of a law enforcement officer
  • Felony eluding
  • Felony destruction of property (x4)
  • Grand Larceny Auto
  • Reckless driving
  • Possession of stolen property (credit cards)
  • Failure to obey traffic signals
  • Failure to wear a seat belt
  • Trespassing

The name of the offender cannot be released because he is a juvenile.

He is currently being transported to a detention facility.

No additional information can be released at this time due to it being an ongoing investigation.

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