SHOOTING IN TRAFFIC: Newport News Cab Driver Donte Gee held without bond for shooting at a car with mom and her four kids inside; MD Transportation Police seek aid in finding vehicle involved in road rage fatality
NEWPORT NEWS, VA.: The Virginia State Police report that an arrest of a Newport News cab driver has been made for a traffic shooting on I-664 that endangered the lives of everyone in the vicinity, and specifically, a woman and her four children.
Police say that on the evening of April 7, 2021, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Virginia State Police Communication Center received a brandishing firearms incident on Interstate 664, north of the Monitor Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel. The driver of a Honda sedan was seen pointing a firearm at several motorcycles while driving through the northbound lanes of the tunnel.
Witnesses observed the Honda exit the tunnel, pull over onto the shoulder, and a male exited the vehicle with a firearm in hand. Troopers were dispatched to the scene, but all parties had dispersed. Shortly after, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the Newport News Police Department contacted state police advising that their officers had the Honda stopped at the corner of 39th Street and Marshall Avenue, in the city of Newport News.
The driver, 26-year-old Donte Michael-Lewis Gee, was detained and questioned about the incident.
During this time, a Virginia Beach resident contacted state police, to report her vehicle had been shot at. The female victim stated she was traveling in the southbound lanes of Interstate 664 around 6:00 p.m., with her four children, when she heard gunshots. She continued to her residence and discovered that her vehicle had a bullet hole in the rear of the vehicle, and a bullet round was located inside the vehicle. The female stated neither her nor her children were harmed.
Police say that it was determined that the victim’s vehicle was part of the northbound incident. Gee of the hundred block of 14th Street, Newport News, was charged with; shooting at an occupied vehicle, and taken to Newport News City Jail.
Newport News Sheriff Arrest Bookings for April 7, 2021
GEE, DONTE M. 26 Time of arrest: 2242 Arrest location:200 BLK 26TH Arrest ID#ST 2021000527 1 Arresting Agency: NNSO Charge: TRAIN/CAR/BOAT: MALICIOUSLY SHOOT/THROW Occupation: TAXI DRIVER
ARREST FOR DONTE M. GEE DOB: 07/01/1994
Charged with possession of a concealed weapon on December 21, 2017, and found guilty on February 20, 2018, and was appealed to Norfolk Circuit Court.
GEE PLEADED GUILTY TO THEFT IN MARYLAND
Donte Michael Louis Gee, of 946 14th Street, Newport News, Va., was arrested by Pocomoke City, Maryland Police Officer J. Stanford on September 6, 2018, and charged with conspiracy to commit theft under $1,500, felony theft under $25,000: and malicious property destruction. In a plea deal on November 9, 2018, with the Worcester County States Attorney, Gee admitted guilt in the misdemeanor theft charge and the other charges were dropped. THE DEAL: Gee was given a verdict of Probation Before Judgement and put on unsupervised probation.
ROAD RAGE LED TO FATALITY
The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police Collision Reconstruction Unit is investigating a fatal crash that occurred on Friday, April 3, 2021, at 12:58 a.m. A possible road rage incident between a red sedan and a white truck resulted in a fatal crash when a third vehicle, a white sedan, struck the red sedan on northbound I-95 near Exit 52 (Russell Street). Anyone that witnessed the crash or these vehicles traveling before the crash is asked to call MDTA Police at 410-916-7532.
DWI Driver Rodney Berger Charged After Striking Police Officer
Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) Police have arrested and charged a Woodlawn man with driving under the influence after an early Sunday morning crash that seriously injured an MDTA Police Officer.
Shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday, April 4, 2021, an MDTA Police Officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation on southbound I-95 near Exit 50 (Caton Avenue). At approximately 3:10 a.m., as the officer spoke with the occupants of the stopped vehicle, a black Mercedes sedan driven by 28-year-old Rodney I. Berger struck both the officer and the stopped vehicle. The MDTA Police Officer was transported to the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Neither Berger nor the occupants of the stopped vehicle were injured.
After a preliminary investigation, MDTA Police Officers took Berger into custody without incident. He was charged with driving under the influence and other charges.
The crash is still under investigation by the MDTA Police Collision Reconstruction Unit. Anyone with information is asked to call MDTA Police at 410-537-1209.
The MDTA Police remind motorists of Maryland’s “Move Over” law, which requires drivers approaching from the rear of an emergency vehicle with its visual signals activated to, if possible, make a lane change into a lane not immediately adjacent to the emergency vehicle. If moving to another lane is not possible or is unsafe, the law requires drivers to slow down when passing the stopped vehicle.