Southampton Parkway pursuits lead to arrests

Published 6:36 pm Friday, February 26, 2021

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A Suffolk man has been charged following a Feb. 25 high speed chase down Southampton Parkway.

According to Maj. Camden Cobb, spokesman for the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office, the pursuit began around 9 a.m. when deputies attempted to stop a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver of the speeding vehicle, now identified as 20-year-old Lawrance Montrel Silar, allegedly increased his speed to elude the deputies, resulting in his striking another car and crashing both vehicles near Green Plains Road.

The two occupants of the second car were both treated and released with minor injuries reported. Silar and an unnamed passenger who has not been charged allegedly fled on foot after the accident into a wooded area near the Greensville County line. The two men were eventually located in the Hampton Roads area.

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Silar has been charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident and felony eluding. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Virginia State Police, Greensville County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Conservation Police, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia Department of Corrections, all of whom either provided personnel or K9 units.

A day earlier, deputies were involved in another chase, which began around 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. The vehicle being pursued lost control and crashed near the Greensville County line with no injuries reported.

The driver, identified as 18-year-old Xavier DaQuan Landis of Newport News, was charged with felony eluding. His passengers, 18-year-old Jaqui Love and 18-year-old Kemijion Nygier Mitchell, also of Newport News, were also charged – Love with possession of a concealed handgun and Mitchell with possession with intent to distribute marijuana.