newsnorfolk woman faces several charges after hitting police officer with her car

Norfolk woman faces several charges after hitting police officer with her car

Chris Graham
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Norfolk Police have arrested and charged a woman who hit an officer with her car, then led police on a pursuit on Monday.

Kayla B. Gilchrist, 26, faces several charges in the incident, which began at 10:08 a.m. in a a parking lot located at 4820 Hampton Boulevard, when a car driven by Gilchrist hit a police investigator.

The investigator sustained minor injuries, according to the Norfolk PD.

The car that hit the investigator immediately fled from the parking lot.

Around 11:40 a.m. an officer spotted the car parked in the 500 block of West 21st Street and attempted to conduct a traffic stop, but Gilchrist started to drive away.

The officer continued to pursue the car. While passing through the intersection of West 39th Street and Colley Avenue, Gilchrist hit a citizen’s car. The citizen sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

After hitting the citizen’s car, Gilchrist continued driving, hitting another parked car, as well as a telephone pole on Michigan Avenue.

No longer able to drive the car, Gilchrist fled in the 700 block of Michigan Avenue and was taken into custody following a brief foot pursuit.

Gilchrist was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with minor injuries, and is now being held in the Norfolk City Jail without bond.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris has won 17 Virginia Press Association awards for his work as an investigative reporter, feature writer and columnist. Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, both published in 2019, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to my YouTube page, Want to reach Chris? Try [email protected].