Pursuit ends in crash

Published 6:05 pm Monday, September 3, 2018

A police chase that started in Suffolk ended with a crash in the Downtown Tunnel on Sunday.

Virginia State Police spokeswoman Sgt. Michelle Anaya said the agency received a bulletin from the police department in Prince George’s County, Md., to be on the lookout for a person wanted in a homicide investigation.

The suspect, Rodney Stephaun Conyers, 32, of the 1100 block of Southview Drive in Oxon Hill in Prince George’s County, Md. He was thought to be traveling through Virginia in a gold, 2014 Kia Spectra four-door sedan.

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Shortly afterward, the suspect was spotted on U.S. Route 58 in Suffolk, Anaya said.

She said the Suffolk Police Department followed the suspect with no lights or sirens and advised troopers on his location until they arrived.

At that point, the Virginia State Police initiated a traffic stop around 9:23 a.m., but the suspect failed to comply and fled, Anaya said. The chase went through Suffolk and Portsmouth and into the Downtown Tunnel, where the suspect crashed and was apprehended about 9:52 a.m., Anaya stated.

The suspect suffered minor injuries and was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.

Anaya said state police are obtaining warrants for the pursuit and traffic crash, and Conyers will be transferred back to Prince George’s County.

According to a press release from Prince George’s County, Conyers was wanted in connection with the homicide of Brittiney Cobb, 26. She was found dead about 4 a.m. Sunday morning when officers responded to a reported stabbing.

“It appears an argument between the suspect and victim escalated into the fatal stabbing,” the press release stated.