Chase ends in Suffolk arrest

Published 10:44 pm Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Portsmouth police on Tuesday arrested two men, including a Suffolk resident, after a vehicle chase that ended in Suffolk.

Driver Rasheed Latiff David, 20, of the 400 block of St. James Avenue in Suffolk, was yelling for his mother as he got out of the car and ran after the chase, a Portsmouth Police Department spokeswoman said. He was arrested on an outstanding Portsmouth charge of possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance. He also will face pending traffic charges as a result of the chase.

Passenger Lavaye Darnell Trotter, 22, was arrested on outstanding warrants of armed robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

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Jan Westerbeck, a Portsmouth police spokeswoman, said police were in the area of Airline Boulevard and City Park Avenue when they observed Trotter in the passenger seat of a gray Acura. Knowing of his outstanding warrants, they attempted to stop the vehicle by activating their lights and sirens.

The suspects failed to stop and continued onto Route 58 toward Suffolk, Westerbeck said. With the assistance of Suffolk Police, the vehicle finally was stopped near St. James Avenue.

“At the time of the stop, the driver jumped out of the vehicle and ran, yelling for his mother,” Westerbeck said in a press release.

Officers pursued the driver on foot and arrested him a short distance away.

The robbery with which Trotter was originally charged took place on Aug. 7, 2009, in the 2700 block of Ash Street in Portsmouth. Two male suspects, armed with handguns, approached a 20-year-old male victim as he left an automated teller machine and demanded money. They then fled the area in a vehicle.

Portsmouth detectives identified Trotter as one of the suspects, Westerbeck said in her press release.