Police: Driver who crashed in Downtown Norfolk had active warrants on file

Demario Phillips

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A man who had active warrants on file caused a multi-vehicle crash Thursday morning off Interstate 264 in Norfolk.

Portsmouth police spokeswoman Misty Holley says the incident started when an officer saw a vehicle going at a high rate of speed on I-264 near the Effingham Street exit just after 10:10 a.m.

The driver, who police have identified as 38-year-old Demario A. Phillips, of Portsmouth, continued through the Downtown Tunnel before stopping briefly near the St. Paul’s/Waterside Drive ramp split in Norfolk. 

Demario Phillips. Photo courtesy of Portsmouth Police Department. 

Before the officer could exit his vehicle, police say Phillips took the exit down toward St. Paul’s Boulevard. 

The officer followed, and saw Phillips crash at the end of ramp, causing a multi-vehicle crash. 

Viewer video from the crash scene appeared to show a police officer pointing a gun at Phillips. The car’s front end was severely damaged.

Norfolk police spokesman Daniel Hudson said Phillips suffered minor injuries in the crash. 

Police confirmed that Phillips had an active warrant for contempt of court in Portsmouth. Following the crash, he was charged with felony eluding, driving on a suspended license and reckless driving. 

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