Portsmouth man charged after domestic assault call ends in fatal crash

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The Portsmouth Police Department has charged a man after a crash at Kingman and Rodman Avenue left one woman dead.

Officers responded to the 3700 block of Princeton Place at approximately 1:48 a.m. Saturday for a report of a possible domestic assault in progress in a vehicle.

When police arrived, the suspect attempted to flee the scene in the vehicle, crashing at the intersection of Kingman and Rodman Avenue shortly after. The crash left both occupants pinned.

Medics took both people to a local hospital with serious injuries. 35-year-old Jeanne Marie Chop was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The Portsmouth Police Department's Strategic Traffic Unit has charged 40-year-old Tony Angelo Bennett in Chop's death.

Bennett was charged with Felony Homicide, Aggravated Manslaughter, DUI, Felony Eluding, Driving while Revoked - 3rd or Subsequent Offense, No Insurance, Vehicle Not Registered and No Seatbelt. Bennett was also previously wanted for Assault on Law Enforcement Officer.

Police are asking the original 911 caller to contact the Portsmouth Police Department at (757) 393-5300 or contact the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887).

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