Cruiser involved in crash during chase

Published 12:00 am Saturday, December 2, 2006

A short, high-speed police chase slowed traffic on U.S. 58 yesterday shortly before 8 a.m. after a man driving a reported stolen vehicle rammed into a state trooper’s car.

The chase started on Military Highway, near the Interstate 64 interchange, and headed southbound on Military Highway toward Route 13, said Sgt. D.S. Carr, spokesman with the State Police. Trooper N.N. Knight turned on his lights to pull over a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse because it had no rear tags.

The car was reported stolen from Greenbrier Dodge Friday.


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Instead of stopping, the driver, Floyd Newby, 32, of Newport News, sped up, reaching speeds of up to 90 mph, Carr said. When Newby reached the Snowden intersection near Frank’s Truck Stop, he turned onto a dead-end street. He then turned around and drove into Knight’s car, totaling it, Carr said.

Newby fled the vehicle and ran toward the railroad tracks, where he was apprehended. He said he was injured in the accident and was taken to a local hospital, Carr said.

A second trooper’s vehicle sustained about $2,000 in damages. Carr did not know the extent of the damage to the Mitsubishi.

One lane of U.S. 58 was closed at the time, which slowed traffic, but did not stop it, Carr said.

Neither Knight, nor the other trooper involved, A.N. Dabney, were injured, he added.

Newby was charged with driving under a suspended license, felony alluding police and no registration, and he could face additional charges on driving into the police vehicle.