A late-night traffic stop began a police chase through Germantown and eventually lead to a multi-state police pursuit into Fairfax County, Virginia where the chase ended after the suspects rammed three Virginia State Police vehicles resulting in the arrest of three unidentified suspects.
According to Montgomery County Police, officers from the Fifth District in Germantown stopped a 2000 Mercedes C230 on Gunners Branch Road in the area of Frederick Road shortly after midnight on January 7 on suspicion that the vehicle was stolen.
MCPD spokesperson Rebecca Innocenti said the vehicle was stopped because a registration check came back that the tags on the Mercedes were stolen. The vehicle initially pulled to stop after being flagged by an MCPD patrol car on Gunners Branch Road, but when the officer exited his vehicle and began to approach the Mercedes, the driver took off leading officers on a tour of the northern section of Germantown.
The as yet unidentified 27-year-old driver, fled to the Ridge Road area in Germantown. He eventually led police units southbound on Ridge Road and turned left on to Frederick Road. The vehicle then turned left at Shakespeare Blvd. Police attempted to stop the vehicle using Stopsticks, which would flattened the tires of the vehicle being pursued, at Rt. 355 and Shakespeare Boulevard. However, the driver avoided the Stopsticks. One of the MCPD cruisers could not and ended being disabled by the Stopsticks, according to police radio traffic during the chase.
The chase continued up Shakespeare Blvd. to Germantown Road, where the suspects made a right turn back toward Rt. 355. The pursuit then went down Germantown Road to Frederick Road, where the suspect turned left. The Mercedes then turned right down Middlebrook Road and was able to enter Southbound I-270 at the Middlebrook Road entrance with up to twenty MCPD units in pursuit.
The pursuit continued down southbound I-270 until the suspect took the I-270 spur to I-495 and crossed into Virginia over the American Legion Bridge where Virginia State Troopers picked up the chase.
According to Corrine Geller, public relations director for the Virginia State Police, the suspect continued to lead Virginia State Police units on a chase on I-495 until getting onto I-66 west and eventually leading units on to Route 29 in Centerville, Va.
Geller said that at the intersection of Route 29 and Stone Road in Centerville, the Virginia troopers attempted a vehicle containment tactic to stop the suspect vehicle. The Mercedes made a u-turn, its driver lost control and the Mercedes ran head-on into one of the trooper’s patrol cars.
The suspect vehicle then continued on Route 29 and struck two more state trooper’s vehicles as they once again positioned themselves to contain and stop the Mercedes. The troopers boxed in the Mercedes and it was forced to a stop, according to Geller.
No officers were injured. The driver, a 27-year-old male from Silver Spring, did not claim any injuries. He was transported to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. The two adult male passengers were transported to Inova Fair Oaks Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
The entire incident remains under investigation by both police departments and a list of charges and the identities of arrested individuals will be released later in the investigation. The suspects are expected to face charges in both Montgomery County and Fairfax County.
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