NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Newport News officers say they made a startling discovery after a chase on and around Interstate 64 on Tuesday night — the driver was not only drunk, but his wife and 6-week-old child were inside the vehicle.
Edward Javon McGee, 29, is in custody following the chase that started just before 9 p.m., and saw McGee reach high rates of speed, strike a guard rail and run a red light.
According to police, officers first gave chase around 8:57 p.m. when an officer saw McGee’s vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed on J. Clyde Morris Blvd. When the officer tried to the stop the vehicle, it went onto I-64W toward Ft. Eustis, striking a guard rail, and went onto Jefferson Ave.
Police say McGee’s vehicle then took another exit ramp and went onto I-64E onto Ft. Eustis Blvd. in the opposite direction, ran through a red light and kept going before turning right onto Woodside Lane and Industrial Park Drive before getting back onto Jefferson Ave. heading north.
The vehicle came to a stop at the intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Campsite Drive, where officers say they ran a high-risk traffic stop. In the process, they say McGee smelled of alcohol, had slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet, and his wife and 6-week-old were in the vehicle.
Officers say his blood alcohol content was between .08 and .14 percent.
He’s been charged with DWI: first offense, abuse/neglect child: cause serious injury, obstruction of justice without threats/force, disregard of law enforcement command: elude or endanger and reckless driving over 80 mph.