Police Pursuit Ends in Front of Va. Square Metro

by ARLnow.com May 7, 2012 at 11:15 am 3,129 15 Comments

A police chase ended in front of the Virginia Square Metro station early this morning.

Virginia State Police were pursuing a vehicle on eastbound I-66 around 1:15 a.m. when it  exited onto Glebe Road in Arlington. The fleeing driver was then involved in a collision with another vehicle near the intersection of Glebe Road and Fairfax Drive, according to scanner traffic.

The chase ended when the driver apparently tried to bail out near the intersection of Fairfax Drive and N. Monroe Street, in front of the Virginia Square Metro station. Police apprehended the man in front of the station’s elevator entrance, according to a witness. Arlington County police were not involved in the chase, ACPD spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said, but did arrive on the scene after the driver bailed out.

No injuries were reported as a result of the crash at Glebe and Fairfax. So far there’s no word on charges against the driver, nor what prompted him to flee.

Photo courtesy Drew Murray

  • BrianKal

    I saw the aftermath at Glebe and Fairfax .. the other car had a fair amount of damage and was surrounded by 5-6 squad cars. Lots of debris was left in the intersection, glad to hear no injuries.

  • DeportEmAll

    Good thing it wasn’t during rush hour.

  • wow&flutter

    It was probably an automatic.

  • Rory

    What happened near Harris Teeter yesterday afternoon? 5 cop cars, I saw a cop with his gun pulled.

    Anyone know?

    • WeiQiang

      Which Harris Teeter?

      • Arlington, Northside

        looting at the doughnut case.

    • Southeast Jerome

      yea- they had one car stopped with 5 or 6 squad cars on Glebe in front of the Mercedes dealership before the intersection with Pollard.

      When I drove by, two passengers were out of the car sitting on the median, one of them was handcuffed. Young guys in their 20’s.

  • Narlington

    I wonder if the neighborhood is going to complain about the speed police cars, and it was really the police officers fault the driver ran away.

    • Dum Dum Guy at the Gates of Dawn

      Well, if they run over my dog, I am still going to be pissed.

    • SomeGuy

      Narlington, I think you’re confused. People generally don’t object when an officer cautiously exceeds the speed limit or runs a red light while responding to an emergency. They object when an officer breaks the law (cautiously or not) while going about mundane personal or NON-emergency activities, which conveys an attitude that his badge places him above you, me, and the law.

      In this article, it’s clear that the officers were responding to an emergency incident, so your sarcasm misses the mark.

  • DPax

    Good ol’ super-slow Metro elevators! Finally came in handy.

  • novasteve

    Sorry guys for the inconvenience I caused, had to use the bathroom really badly at the starbucks.

  • Mongo

    MANG! Notice that the perp was aprehended by the elevator entrance; yet another Metro rider inconvenienced by frequent escalator outages. FREDTERP

  • JBM

    The Washington Blvd Giant has some extensive damage to the brickwork at its Lincoln St entrance (a few blocks away from the Virginia Square Metro)…I wonder if that damage is from this chase…

  • lateshift

    i saw the end of this chase. i was at the red light when the car stopped. as soon as i saw the dude get out, i knew he wasnt gonna get far. fat guy in a white t-shirt. state troopers took him down maybe 30 feet from when he started running.


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