Domestic assault call leads to deadly police chase in Portsmouth


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A response to a call for a possible domestic assault led to a police chase, resulting in a woman’s death early Saturday morning. 

Portsmouth Police say they responded to the emergency call around 1:50 a.m. in the 3700 block of Princeton Place regarding a possible domestic assault taking place inside a car. 

When officers arrived to the scene, they say the car took off, attempting to flee from police. The chase ended when the car crashed at the intersection of Kingman Avenue and Rodman Avenue. Police say both occupants of the car, a man and a woman, were taken to a local hospital for treatment. 

According to a search warrant, Tony Bennett is the suspect in the case. Bennett is facing several charges, including felony eluding, felony homicide, aggravated involuntary manslaughter, and other traffic charges. 

The woman was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to police. Bennett has serious injuries. 

Court records reveal Bennett was out on bail from a previous arrest two months ago. 

On October 7 2018, Bennett allegedly tried to run from the law after officers found him asleep at the wheel on Deep Creek Blvd. 

In this incident, documents reveal police used a Taser on Bennett but he took off running. 

He eventually tripped and was taken into custody. Documents say police found marijuana and crack cocaine in Bennett’s vehicle during that incident. Bennett faces several drug charges and a charge of attempting to flee from police. He was released on bail two days after his arrest. 

Stay with for updates. 

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