Police: Newport News man charged in police stop turned fiery crash at busy intersection

Staff writer

Two people were injured Wednesday afternoon when a James City County Police Department investigator tried to stop a SUV and it tried to flee, hit a minivan and careened into a light pole.

The driver of the SUV, Aaron Michael Williams, 28 of Newport News, was charged with felony evading and eluding police, according to James City County Police Department spokeswoman Stephanie Williams.

Aaron Williams was arrested on May 29 at the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office and remains at the Norfolk City Jail, according to jail intake records. He is held without bond.

The crash happened about 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of routes 199 and 5 in James City County, according to a news release from the county.

The investigator tried to stop a Nissan Pathfinder during a drug investigation when the SUV slowed due to stopped traffic at the intersection, the release said.

The driver of the SUV then tried to get around traffic and hit a Honda Odyssey minivan in the intersection before it crashed into a light pole and caught on fire, according to the release.

The driver of the minivan was taken to Sentara Regional Medical Center with injuries not considered to be life-threatening, the release said. The driver of the SUV was medically evacuated with a Virginia Commonwealth University helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with serious injuries.

The intersection reopened Wednesday afternoon.

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