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A car fleeing Newport News police was involved in accidents near and on the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel. According to the Virginian-Pilot, officers were conducting a traffic checkpoint during rush hour when one driver attempted to go around the inspection point and struck another vehicle. A chase ensued on the bridge and through the tube, ending only when the fleeing car rear-ended and flipped a second vehicle.

Arrested after trying to run away on foot, the at-fault driver has been charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, possession of counterfeit U.S. currency, evading and eluding police and reckless driving. Worse for many local commuters, the driver who led the chase created an hour-long traffic jam on and around I-664.

When we’re sitting in evening traffic heading home, most of us are more concerned with what’s for dinner than getting out of the way of a fleeing driving and pursuin police. Thankfully, the two drivers of the cars hit by the suspect were not seriously hurt, but there is some debate about whether the chase should have even occurred. Police allegedly risked the safety of the people sitting in traffic. While, ultimately, the authorities were simply trying to do their jobs, one has to wonder if this was the best method for apprehending a suspect.

As a Virginia ersonal injury attorney, I’ve seen just how quickly traffic conditions can change from dull to terrifying. It just goes to show you that anything can happen on the road, no matter how safe you’re being.


About the Editors: The Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm, which has offices in Virginia (VA) and North Carolina (NC), edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as pro bono services.

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