Midlothian man arrested following police pursuit

Craig Virgil Perry
Craig Virgil Perry

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) - A Midlothian man was arrested after a police pursuit and crash that shut down the Monitor Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel in Newport News during rush hour Wednesday afternoon, according to a report on WAVY-10.

Craig Virgil Perry, 28, of the 4700 block of Altimira Court in Midlothian, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute marijuana, possession of counterfeit United States currency, evading and eluding police, and reckless driving, a Newport News police press release said.

Shortly before 5 p.m., officers were conducting a traffic check point in the area of I-664 when an officer observed a car being operated recklessly and nearly striking another car.

According to police, Perry attempted to elude the officer when he tried to conduct a traffic stop.

The car entered I-664 southbound toward the Monitor Merrimac. Due to traffic conditions at the time, the officer discontinued the pursuit.

The suspect vehicle continued into the tunnel and was involved in a crash.

After the crash, police said two occupants in the car got out and ran. They were apprehended by members of the U.S. Marshals Regional Task Force after a short foot chase.

The bridge-tunnel was backed up 7.5 miles in the northbound direction and four miles in the southbound direction during this time.

State police are investigating the traffic crash. Perry is currently being held in the Newport News City Jail.