Car chases, bus wrecks, and carjackings
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A 25-year-old, unlicensed Maryland man is in police custody after stealing two trucks and leading police on a wild chase during the height of Thursday's morning rush hour. That chase went through Arlington and Alexandria and shut down an Interstate 395 High Occupancy Vehicle ramp after the suspect crashed into a Metro bus and police cruiser.
The incident started at I-395 at Edsall Road when Virginia State troopers were looking for HOV violators, according to Arlington County Det. Crystal Nosal.Troopers saw a green truck driven by the suspect start down the ramp. When the driver saw troopers, he then backed up the ramp but couldn't go very far because of traffic.
When troopers approached him, he admitted he didn't have a license.
That's when the suspect hopped back in the green truck and took off down the HOV lanes. Early reports indicated he was going the wrong way, but police say there was no wrong-way chase.
The chase continued until the suspect sideswiped Metrobus No. 7E on the I-395 ramp at Shirlington. The bus was headed to the Pentagon. The bus driver and 23 passengers were not hurt, according to Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates.
The suspect also struck a police cruiser.Nosal says as one trooper attended to the injuries of the other, the suspect bailed out of the green truck.
He then tried to carjack another vehicle, but the woman behind the wheel fought him off. Police say the suspect then carjacked a white Chevy Silverado. That pickup belonged to Parkfairfax, a condominium community in northwest Alexandria.
The suspect took off and headed for the George Washington Parkway, where he crossed the median.
Police nabbed the suspect after he crashed the truck into a retaining wall at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.The investigation briefly closed the airport's upper departure level of Terminal C. Traffic is now moving smoothly at the airport.
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