Colonial Heights man arrested after leading troopers in police pursuit in Sussex


(Photo Courtesy – Virginia State Police)

SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — A 25-year-old man from Colonial Heights is facing several charges after leading state police on a pursuit in Sussex County.

The incident began just before 5 p.m. on September 9 when a state trooper saw a 2005 Chevrolet Equinox traveling southbound on Interstate 95 without proper registration.

When the trooper attempted to pull over the vehicle, state police say the driver failed to stop and initiated a pursuit.

During the pursuit, the driver, identified as 25-year-old Colonial Heights resident Michael Wayne Newman, Jr., began to wave what appeared to be a firearm in his left hand at the trooper.

Troopers were able to end the pursuit and detain Newman when he got off the interstate. There were no injuries reported.

Newman was arrested charged with seven felonies, eight misdemeanors, and nine traffic offenses. He is currently in the custody of the Sussex Jail without bond.

His charges are as follows:

  • Abduction by force (female passenger)
  • Driving While Intoxicated, drugs-Possession of a Schedule I/II drug
  • Possession of controlled paraphernalia
  • Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon
  • Possession of ammunition by a convicted felon
  • Possession of a firearm while in possession of Schedule I/I drugs
  • Reckless driving by speed-Reckless driving failure to stop/signal
  • Reckless driving-failure to yield entering a highway
  • No operators license
  • Hit and run, failure to stop
  • Disregard commands by a law enforcement officer
  • Damage to state property x2-Improper registration
  • And nine other traffic infractions

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