Two Officers Injured in Car Chase

Posted November 19, 2003 at 12:29pm

The Capitol Police arrested one suspect Wednesday afternoon following a lengthy car chase in which two officers were injured.

The incident began around 11:15 a.m. when two officers attempted to stop a vehicle near 40 P St. SE.

“An officer on foot attempted to stop the vehicle for a traffic infraction,” Capitol Police spokeswoman Jessica Gissubel said. The vehicle failed to stop and struck a different officer while fleeing the scene, she added.

In the ensuing chase, Capitol Police officers followed the vehicle across the South Capitol Street Bridge toward Suitland Parkway. The chase ended near Pennsylvania and Southern avenues, where the suspects’ vehicle struck a police cruiser, injuring a second officer.

At that point, Gissubel said, the driver attempted to flee the scene of the second accident in the vehicle but was stopped by officers. The driver was arrested by Prince George’s County Police, however, the vehicle three other occupants were not taken into custody.

Capitol Police officials could not confirm the injured officers’ status, but said that both are conscious and neither had suffered “life threatening” injuries. The officers were transported to area hospitals for treatment.