Police chase ends in crash, suspect arrested

Jamar Trotter
Jamar Trotter

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - Hopewell sheriff's office say this dash-cam video shows a deputy pursuing 29-year-old Jamar Trotter. They say, he wouldn't stop Friday morning when a deputy tried to pull him over for reckless driving on I-295.

Police say, Trotter led them on a chase through Hopewell and Petersburg. When he reached South Crater Road in Petersburg police say, Trotter T-boned the driver of a white car. The 81-year-old driver, smashed her car into the office and side buildings of the Flagship Inns hotel.

The owner of the business showed us the damage. "The door, window, glass, wood frame. (A lot of damage?) When you're talking dollars, you're right," said Ramesh Viratia.

Once Trotter wrecked his mini-van, police say he jumped over a fence and ran-off into a wooded area.

"They lost sight of him but he was captured by our K-9 unit," said Esther Hyatt, spokesperson Petersburg Police Department.

Trotter is facing a number of charges including eluding police and felony hit and run.

We did some digging and discovered that Trotter has a criminal record. He's a registered sex offender -- convicted of rape and abduction back in 1997.

As for today's high speed chase, Trotter and the 81-year-old woman in that white car were taken to the hospital with non -life threatening injuries. Trotter was released from the hospital and is now at Riverside Regional Jail.

Right now, investigators say, it's still unclear why Trotter decided to take off.

Petersburg police say the chase lasted about 40 minutes. Traffic on South Crater Road was shut down but re-opened once Trotter was in custody.

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