Raymond Rogers Jr., 49


Suspect who hit, killed man during police chase arraigned. (wtkr.com)

Ronald Lee Perkins, Jr., the man who allegedly led police on a chase across two cities and killed a man in the process, was arraigned today on homicide charges.

Speaking to a judge through a video monitor, Ronald Perkins Jr. said he would not ask for bail until he could meet with a public defender.

He is accused of leading Beach police on a high-speed chase, racing down Northhampton Boulevard at least 20 miles faster than the speed limit. That means, his car was traveling 65 mph or more when it hit and killed a truck driver who was walking across the road.

The crash late Monday killed Raymond Rogers, Jr. Police say Perkins, an armed-robbery suspect, later ditched his battered car in Norfolk where police eventually found him yesterday.

Court documents show he is a drywall installer, but said he has no income. A magistrate noted he has multiple felonies on his record for property and drug crimes, and he's on probation.

Records show Portsmouth police have two robbery charges waiting for him. Police say late last year, Perkins was named a suspect in a Portsmouth armed robbery. A Beach officer spotted his car Monday night and chased it, breaking off the pursuit when the fleeing car hit the man crossing the road.

In Virginia Beach, he's facing charges of hit and run, eluding police, and homicide.