Police: Portsmouth officer injured after suspect flees traffic stop with officer partially inside car, crashes

Portsmouth

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.

“I just looked down from up out of my blinds and I saw they had tore up my next-door neighbor’s fence and the officer was kneeling. They said he was on top of the car like he was trying to stop it like he was Superman and everything,” said Crystal Cradle, a resident in the area.

She said it was nothing she had ever seen before and immediately thought there was a child hurt.

“Usually them children hover around right there and usually those children be out playing, and we thank God that they weren’t out there playing yesterday. God, we just thank God, ’cause they would have been killed,” she said.

No one was killed.

Police said the officer conducted a traffic stop just before 6 p.m. Wednesday and discovered the driver was in a white Jeep stolen from Norfolk.

The officer attempted to take the person into custody, but the person attempted to drive away with the officer still partially inside the vehicle.

The car later crashed near the 2000 block of Elm Avenue, police said.

It crashed right into Coral Council’s fence. She says she was startled to see the damage, and now must have someone come out to fix it.

The officer received a minor injury to the lower body, police said, and did not have to go to the hospital.

Anyone with doorbell cameras or other video or photographic surveillance should submit footage to the Portsmouth police evidence system.

Police are still looking for the driver. The limited suspect description is a Black male between 16 and 20 years old, with a thin build, short dreadlocks, who was wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident. He fled westbound on Lincoln Street after the crash on Elm Avenue.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or submit a tip online.

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