Driver arrested after police chase ends in fatal crash at Midtown Tunnel

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Two people are in custody after a crash on the Portsmouth side of the Midtown Tunnel heading into Norfolk Tuesday.

Around 4:58 p.m., Chesapeake Police attempted to stop a vehicle for traffic infractions. The vehicle failed to stop, and a pursuit began into the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth through the Western Freeway and Route 164.

As the vehicle began to approach the Midtown Tunnel, it struck a motorcycle from behind. The suspect vehicle continued and just before entering the Midtown Tunnel, the adult male driver and two adult passengers exited the vehicle.

The driver avoided apprehension and was picked up by another vehicle. The two adult passengers were apprehended and are in custody.

On Wednesday police identified the driver who fled from the scene as 18-year-old De’monta Johnson. He was taken into custody Wednesday, and will face charges in Chesapeake for felony eluding and multiple traffic infractions.

The passengers were identified as 19-year-old Deamon Richardson, who was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Obstruction of Justice and Leaving the Scene of an Accident and 22-year-old Kei-Airra King, who was charged with Obstruction of Justice and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.

Police said the adult male motorcyclist has died.

This pursuit is under investigation, and the crash involving the motorcyclist and the suspect vehicle is being investigated by Portsmouth Police. They will be pursing charges regarding the motorcycle crash on the Western Freeway, officials said.

The eastbound lanes of the tunnel in Portsmouth reopened to traffic around 9 p.m.

Stay with News 3 for updates. 

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