Man in custody after driving car head-on into HPD vehicle
HUNTINGTON — One man is in custody after crashing his vehicle head-on into a Huntington Police Department vehicle following a traffic stop in the 3100 block of 5th Avenue Thursday, according to Huntington Police.
Shawntique M. Whitfield, 32, was charged with attempt to commit a felony (malicious wounding), fleeing in a vehicle causing injury, fleeing in a vehicle while driving under the influence, two counts of possession with intent to deliver drugs, and fleeing on foot. Whitfield also had two active arrest warrants on file.
Capt. Rocky Johnson said detectives with the HPD’s Special Investigations Bureau conducting surveillance on 31st Street at 5th Avenue around 5 p.m. when officers observed what they believed to be a hand-to-hand drug deal. Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle, and as officers approached, the vehicle accelerated and did a 180-degree turn and proceeded the wrong way down 5th Avenue, crashing head-on into a vehicle being driven by Sgt. Paul Hunter.
The suspect exited his vehicle and fled the area on foot. He was apprehended by detectives after a foot chase.
Whitfield is in the hospital being treated for injuries sustained in the crash and will be arraigned when he is medically cleared. Hunter did not require medical treatment.
The suspect was allegedly in possession of drugs when he was arrested. His vehicle was towed from the scene and a search warrant will be served on the car in the morning, according to a press release.