Man arrested after driving 115 mph down I-64 through HRBT, crashing into powerlines


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia State Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that knocked out power for several hundred people on Thursday afternoon.

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According to state police, a 2012 Mercedes Benz was seen driving more than 115 mph down the eastbound lanes of I-64 in Hampton. A trooper attempted to pull the vehicle over prior to the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, but the driver continued through the HRBT at a high rate of speed.

Once in Norfolk, the driver took the 4th View exit ramp and turned onto Rippard Avenue.

The trooper lost sight of the vehicle but continued to search through the area for it. When he located the vehicle, it was determined that the driver lost control and struck a power line.

25-year-old Walter Jay’on Hall was identified as the driver and taken into custody without incident.

He was charged with reckless driving by speed and felony elude and was released from the Hampton City Jail on an unsecured bond.

Approximately 740 people were without power for nearly four hours in the area surrounding the incident, however, it appears power was restored between 6 and 6:30 p.m.

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