A Portsmouth woman is reportedly in serious trouble with the law in Chesapeake City. According to police, she has been booked on multiple charges. Any one of them could result in serious consequences if a conviction is obtained. Together, they represent overlapping allegations that could result in compounded penalties.
Despite what might seem to be a tidal wave of criminal allegations, the last thing that anyone facing such circumstances should do is abandon hope. Rather, the crucial step to take would be to contact an attorney as quickly as possible to be sure rights are protected.
The booking charges in this case include drug-related allegations, weapons offense accusations, eluding police and child endangerment. Such allegations have been known to lead to federal crime charges. That does not seem to be the case here. Still, the issues should not be taken lightly.
The arrest of the 25-year-old woman reportedly followed events that unfolded on March 20. Police say they attempted to stop a vehicle that the woman was driving for what they said was a minor equipment violation. The time was 9 p.m. Officials say she didn't stop and a short pursuit followed.
The official report says that in the course of the chase, a gun and material believed to be drugs were thrown from the vehicle. They are said to have been recovered.
On approaching the stopped vehicle, officers say they discovered that there were two women and a 1-year-old infant inside.
The child has since been returned to the custody of its mother. Police say she is apparently a friend of the driver. What the child was doing in the vehicle, or whether the second woman in the vehicle was the mother, isn't clear.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot, "Police charge driver in Chesapeake pursuit" Elisabeth Hulette and Lauren King, March 21, 2104