Police: Portsmouth officer injured after suspect fled traffic stop with officer partially inside car, crashes
PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) – A Portsmouth police officer was injured Wednesday night after a person fled the scene of a traffic stop with the officer partially inside the vehicle and then crashed .
âI just looked up and down my blinds and saw that they had torn the fence off my next door neighbor and the officer was on his knees. They said he was on top of the car like he was trying to stop it like he was Superman and everything, âsaid Crystal Cradle, a local resident.
She said it was nothing she had never seen before and immediately thought there was an injured child.
âUsually these kids are walking around right there and usually these kids are playing outside, and we thank God they weren’t out there playing yesterday. God, we just thank God because they would have been killed, âshe said.
No one was killed.
Police said the officer carried out a traffic stop just before 6 p.m. Wednesday and discovered the driver was in a stolen white jeep in Norfolk.
The officer attempted to take the person into custody, but the person attempted to walk away with the officer still partially inside the vehicle.
The car then crashed near the 2000 block of Elm Avenue, police said.
He crashed right on the fence of the Coral Council. She says she was surprised to see the damage and now needs to bring someone in to fix it.
The officer sustained minor injuries to his lower body, police said, and did not have to go to hospital.
Anyone with doorbell cameras or other video or photographic surveillance devices must submit images to Portsmouth Police Evidence System.
The police are still looking for the driver. The suspect’s limited description is a black male between the ages of 16 and 20, with a slim build, short dreadlocks, who was wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident. He fled west on Lincoln Street after the crash on Elm Avenue.
Anyone with information is urged to call the criminal line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit advice online.
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