NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Police have arrested a 39-year-old woman who officers say crashed a truck into a Norfolk motel Monday and fled the scene on foot.
According to Chris Amos with the Norfolk Police Department, warrants for felony hit and run, property damage and operating a motor vehicle as a habitual offender were secured for Melissa Heather Graham. She was arrested Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m. in Norfolk.
The crash occurred at the Ocean View Inn located at 1020 East Ocean View Avenue around 7:20 a.m. Monday. Amos said witnesses told police a white female wearing a white jacket and black pants jumped out of the truck and fled the scene on foot.
"She kept going and going and I kept following her. I was like, 'Look, you need to come back, you're leaving the scene of an accident,' and she's like, 'No, I'm going to get my people,'" witness Chris Mabe told WAVY.com.
Mabe attempted to catch up with the woman, but was hesitant to use any force as he is not a police officer.
Pictures from the scene showed the silver pickup crashed into block of concrete before continuing, hitting the building.
Officials were called to the scene to analyze the condition of the structure. Amos said the motel was evacuated Monday.
WAVY.com did some digging and learned Graham has an extensive criminal history. She was found guilty of possession of cocaine, a felony, in 1996, 1998, 2004 and 2008. She's also been found guilty of obstruction of justice in 2003, failure to appear and revocation in 2004. In fact, she has such a long criminal history, Graham was convicted on a habitual offender charge in both 2001 and 2004. Traffic-related, she has been ticketed for speeding and for having a revoked license.
Stay with WAVY.com for more on this developing story.
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