Video Shows SUV Crashing into ACPD Cruiser During Thursday Morning Snow

An SUV driver lost control and crashed into an Arlington County Police car in snowy weather this morning, and the accident was caught on video.

The crash happened around 8:15 a.m.. The driver of the car that recorded the video says he was driving his daughter to elementary school and was stuck in traffic on N. George Mason Drive when his Tesla’s front-facing camera captured the crash.

The video shows the SUV rounding a curve at a rate of speed higher than the cars in front of it, then losing control, crossing the median and striking the side of the police vehicle in the opposite lanes.

ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage said the officer was investigating another crash at the time of the collision.

“While investigating a separate weather-related crash, a stationary police vehicle was struck by a vehicle unrelated to the initial investigation,” Savage told ARLnow.com “The driver of the striking vehicle was determined to be at fault but no charges were sought due to the weather conditions.”

So far today, according to Savage, Arlington County Police have responded to 26 calls for crashes and another 40 calls for various traffic complaints like flooded roadways, disabled vehicles and road hazards.

Courtesy video


Crash Involving Police Vehicle Closes N. Courthouse Road

A portion of N. Courthouse Road was blocked this morning due to a crash involving a police vehicle.

The crash happened shortly before 10 a.m. near the intersection of N. Courthouse Road and 13th Street N., a block from Arlington County police headquarters in Courthouse. It involved a police SUV and a car that appears to have suffered heavy front-end damage.

Medics were dispatched to the scene to evaluate the car’s driver for possible injuries.

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More Scooter Companies Coming to Arlington As Safety Concerns Linger

Arlington officials say the first month of the county’s dockless vehicle pilot program has largely gone smoothly, though enforcing rules about where to ride the pervasive electric scooters remains a challenge.

Two companies — Lime and Bird — have been offering their dockless scooters around Arlington ever since the County Board signed off on a “demonstration project” for the vehicles in late September. Though Bird previously operated in the county without any explicit government involvement, the Board’s pilot program was designed to set some standards for dockless vehicles and allow companies to operate hundreds in the county at a time.

County commuter services bureau chief Jim Larsen told the Transportation Commission last Thursday (Nov. 1) that two more scooter companies could soon enter Arlington as well: Skip and Lyft, which only recently began offering scooters in addition to its ridesharing service.

Then, by January, Larsen expects that Jump could also make the move from D.C. into Arlington and offer both electric bikes and scooters in the county.

“The dynamics of this change weekly, if not daily,” Larsen told the commission.

Larsen added that, since Oct. 1, county police have responded to a total of nine crashes involving scooter riders, though he noted that there’s been “nothing major” among the accidents so far.

Still, one of those incidents did involve a student riding a scooter who was struck while in a crosswalk, Larsen said. The scooter companies generally ban anyone under the age of 18 from riding the vehicles, and Larsen said the county is working closely with the school system to make that clear to students.

Larsen also noted that the top public complaints the county has received about the program relate to “illegal sidewalk and train riding, improper parking, unsafe riding, underage riders and speed.”

Those were concerns echoed by Transportation Commissioner Audrey Clement, who noted that she’s seen teenagers riding scooters without helmets on the Custis Trail in the past, which would make for three violations of the county’s policies.

“There’s no way you could even ask Arlington Police to monitor the length of the Custis Trail or any of the trails in this county,” said Clement, who is also mounting an independent bid for School Board this year. “Absent a realistic enforcement policy, this pilot program is both reckless and irresponsible.”

Larsen conceded Clement’s point, but did stress that county staff are working closely with both the dockless companies and police to ensure the safety of riders and drivers alike.

County police, meanwhile, also trying to spread the word about scooter safety as part of a broader traffic safety campaign this fall, and have even started using electronic signs reminding scooter riders to stay off sidewalks.

Others on the commission were less willing than Clement to attack the program’s legitimacy. Commissioner Jim Lantelme was interested in comparing the number of scooter-involved crashes to those involving bikes, noting that they “might actually be safer than bicycles or other methods” of getting around. Larsen, however, didn’t have such data available.

By and large, commissioners said they were satisfied with the program’s early results, and Larsen agreed. He noted that Bird and Lime have both done a “pretty good job” of balancing the number of scooters available in D.C., which has its own dockless pilot program, and Arlington.

Larsen praised Lime, in particular, for employing 21 people to monitor the scooters around the county and operating its own warehouse in Arlington.

“They’re really trying to go around and self-police,” Larsen said. “We’re really trying to push the operators to emphasize safety themselves.”


Crime Report: Car Theft Suspect Crashes Through Brick Wall in Crystal City

Someone tried to steal a car but ended up crashing through a brick wall in Crystal City yesterday evening, according to police.

The incident happened in a parking garage on the 2700 block of Jefferson Davis Highway, according to this week’s Arlington County Police Department crime report. That block includes an office building and a large hotel.

Warrants have been issued for the suspect, police say, but as of Wednesday morning there have been no reports of any arrests.

More from the crime report:

GRAND LARCENY (Significant), 2018-10300199, 2700 block of Jefferson Davis Highway. At approximately 5:47 p.m. on October 30, police responded to the report of a hit and run. Upon arrival, it was determined that the suspect allegedly rummaged through vehicles in a parking garage, stole a vehicle, crashed through a brick wall and struck an occupied vehicle before fleeing the scene. During the investigation, officers developed suspect information and obtained warrants for Grand Larceny Auto, Larceny from Auto, Felony Hit and Run, Driving DUI Revoked, Felony Destruction of Property and Misdemeanor Destruction of Property. The investigation is ongoing.

Last week, a 29-year-old Arlington man was arrested after police say he broke into an apartment in the Rosslyn area and fell asleep. The resident woke up, found the man and called police.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2018-10260087, 1700 block of Clarendon Boulevard. At approximately 10:09 a.m. on October 26, police were dispatched to the report of an unlawful entry. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim awoke to find an unknown male suspect asleep inside her residence. Arriving officers located the suspect and took him into custody without incident. Andrew Leonard, 29, of Arlington, Va., was arrested and charged with Unlawful Entry.

The rest of this week’s crime report, which may include some items that have already been reported, is below.

PEEPING, 2018-10300007, 400 block of N. Edgewood Street. At approximately 12:31 a.m. on October 30, police were dispatched to the report of a suspicious person. Upon arrival, it was determined that a witness observed a suspect allegedly peering through windows of a neighboring residence. Arriving officers established a perimeter, located a suspect matching the description provided by the witness and took him into custody without incident. Stephen Polestak, 48, of Arlington, VA was arrested and charged with Peeping. He was held on a secure bond.

UNLAWFUL ENTRY, 2018-10300105, 1900 block of N. George Mason Drive. At approximately 10:41 a.m. on October 30, police were dispatched to the report of a possible breaking and entering in progress. Upon arrival, it was determined that the victim was inside her residence when she heard knocking at the front door. The victim narrowly opened the door and the suspect allegedly began to push it open in an attempt to gain entry. The victim was able to use her strength to close the door and then contacted police. Arriving officers located the suspect in the victim’s yard and took him into custody. The suspect was transported to Virginia Hospital Center for medical evaluation. Warrants for Unlawful Entry, Drunk in Public, Public Urination and Possession of Alcohol by Interdicted Person were obtained for Shamsuddin Abbamin, 25, of Arlington, VA.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE, 2018-10260275, 200 block of S. Glebe Road. At approximately 11:40 p.m. on October 26, police were dispatched to the report of a robbery by force. Upon arrival, it was determined that the male suspect entered a business twice prior and purchased merchandise, before exiting and returning to his vehicle outside. He returned a third time, began causing a disturbance inside the business, damaging displays, and took merchandise and coins and placed them into his pockets. The suspect then went behind the counter and attempted to steal contents from a drawer, however, arriving officers were able to stop the suspect and took him into custody without incident. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the vehicle the suspect was operating was previously reported stolen out of Arlington County. Saadiq Muhammad, 23, of Washington, D.C. was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny: Motor Vehicle Theft, Petit Larceny, and Destruction of Property.

BURGLARY, 2018-10280043, 900 block of N. Wayne Street. At approximately 1:58 a.m. on October 28, police were dispatched to the report of suspicious circumstances. Upon arrival, it was determined that following a dispute that took place earlier in the evening between the victim and a known suspect, the suspect forced entry to the victim’s residence and stole items of value. Stephen Miller, 35, of Hatfield, Pa., was arrested and charged with Burglary and Destruction of Property.

LARCENY, 2018-10260205, 4300 block of Old Dominion Drive. At approximately 7:02 p.m. on October 26, police were dispatched to the late report of a larceny from auto. Upon arrival, it was determined that between October 21 and October 24, an unknown suspect(s) stole the tires and rims off of a vehicle. There is no suspect description. The investigation is ongoing.

LARCENY FROM AUTO (x2), 2018-10250042/10250052, 4300 block of Old Dominion Drive. At approximately 7:30 a.m. on October 25, police responded to the report of a larceny. Upon arrival, it was determined that between 7:00 p.m. on October 24 and 6:40 a.m. on October 25, an unknown suspect(s) stole tires and rims off two vehicles. There is no suspect(s) description. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY, 2018-10240056, 6000 block of Wilson Boulevard. At approximately 6:44 a.m. on October 24, police responded to the report of suspicious circumstances. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 12:30 a.m., two unknown suspects forced entry to a business and stole items of value. The suspects are described as two males, wearing dark colored pants and hooded sweatshirts pulled tightly around their faces. The investigation is ongoing.

BURGLARY (late), 2018-10240083, 500 block of 23rd Street S. At approximately 9:45 a.m. on October 24, police responded to the late report of a burglary. Upon arrival, it was determined that at approximately 5:57 a.m., two unknown suspects gained entry to a business, tampered with items inside and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the suspects also forced entry to an adjoining business and stole an undisclosed amount of cash. Suspect One is described as a black male wearing all dark clothing, white gloves and a mask. Suspect Two is described as a black male wearing all dark clothing, black gloves and a mask. The investigation is ongoing.


Rollover Crash Involving Car2Go in Ballston

Only minor injuries were reported after a rollover crash in Ballston Friday morning.

The crash happened around 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of N. Glebe Road and Fairfax Drive. Photos from the scene show a small Car2Go vehicle on its side in the middle of the intersection, with airbags deployed.

Several lanes were closed during the crash response and cleanup.

Photo via @ArlingtonVaFD


TRAFFIC ALERT: Vehicle Overturned on I-66

Westbound I-66 was temporarily blocked approaching the N. Glebe Road overpass due to a crash involving two vehicles this afternoon.

One of the vehicles ran off the side of the road into a ditch and overturned, according to scanner traffic. Another vehicle could be seen on traffic cameras stopped in the left-hand shoulder, but has since been moved to the right-hand shoulder.

Both lanes of WB I-66 were briefly blocked by debris and the emergency response, causing a lengthy backup that appeared to extend to the Rosslyn area.

So far, no serious injuries have been reported.


DEVELOPING: Courthouse Truck Crash Leads to Fuel Spill

A delivery truck crash in Courthouse led to a small fuel spill affecting county waterways as far away as Roosevelt Island.

The accident happened around noon today along the 2100 block of 14th Street N., according to the county fire department. No one was hurt in the crash.

The crash caused some fuel to spill out of the truck, and though county firefighters initially believed none of it made into the sewer system, crews have since been dispatched to Roosevelt Island to try and contain it.

Workers there detected “fuel odor and minor fuel sheen” and are currently working with other first responders to keep the fuel out of the water there.


Police: Car Wash Employee Drunkenly Steals Vehicle, Crashes Soon Afterward

An employee of an Arlington car wash is now behind bars after police say he stole and then drunkenly crashed a customer’s vehicle.

County police believe 61-year-old Rigoberto Folgar Hernandez was sent home Friday afternoon (Sept. 28) after showing up to work drunk at a car wash along the 4100 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive.

But Hernandez returned to the business a short time later, when he “drove a customer’s vehicle off the property, went over a median and struck a concrete piling and a parked vehicle,” police say.

Hernandez then exited the vehicle and went back to the car wash, where he was arrested shortly afterward. He’s now facing charges of grand larceny: motor vehicle theft, destruction of property, hit and run, and drunk in public.

Hernandez is set for a hearing on those charges in Arlington General District Court on Nov. 20, and is being held without bond.

Full details from a county crime report:

GRAND LARCENY (Significant), 4100 block of S. Four Mile Run Drive. At approximately 11:34 a.m. on September 28, police were dispatched to the report of a hit and run. Upon arrival, it was determined the suspect had been sent home from his employment at a car wash due to showing signs of intoxication. The suspect returned to the car wash and, shortly after, drove a customer’s vehicle off the property, went over a median and struck a concrete piling and a parked vehicle. The suspect then exited the vehicle and fled the scene on foot back to the car wash. Rigoberto Folgar Hernandez, 61, of Arlington, Va., was arrested and charged with Grand Larceny: Motor Vehicle Theft, Destruction of Property, Hit and Run, and Drunk in Public. He was held on no bond.


Car Runs Into Ditch Along Four Mile Run Drive

A car ran into a wooded embankment near the intersection of S. Four Mile Run Drive and Columbia Pike this morning.

The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. on the 4600 block of S. Four Mile Run, behind a parking lot for The Carlton Condominium. A dark-colored sedan drove over a bike path and into the woods along Four Mile Run.

Firefighters stabilized the vehicle and helped the driver get out. No serious injuries were reported.

No word yet on how, exactly, the crash happened. A similar crash happened on the opposite bank of Four Mile Run in early September.


Morning Notes

County Manager Warns of Tough Upcoming Budget — “Arlington County faces an estimated budget gap of $20-35 million for its 2020 fiscal year, which could require cuts to County services, increased taxes and fees, or a combination of the two. County Manager Mark Schwartz… said that County revenues are forecast to grow by a modest 1.5 percent, while expenditures for the County’s current set of programs are anticipated to grow twice as fast.” [Arlington County, Washington Post]

GW Parkway Rebuild Coming — “Much of the George Washington Parkway will see a complete rebuild in the next few years — and though it’ll surely result in smoother pavement and longer acceleration lanes, good things on the road only come after lengthy closures. An $150 million overhaul of the George Washington Parkway, including a rework of the interchange with Virginia Route 123, is moving forward.” [WTOP]

County: Report Suspicious Activity — Despite some recent pushback on questionable calls to law enforcement, Arlington County is still encouraging citizens to “See Something, Say Something.” Per the county: “Security is a shared responsibility so if you see something out of place, say something by reporting suspicious activity to law enforcement. Arlington County is safer when everyone is engaged and alert.” [Arlington County]

Cops Called on Food Vendor — Someone called police to report a pickup truck that was selling food without a permit on S. Scott Street near Columbia Pike Tuesday morning. The truck may have been delivering food to construction workers. [Twitter]

Crash on Memorial Bridge — A crash blocked two inbound lanes of the Memorial Bridge during this morning’s rush hour, prompting delays for commuters. [Twitter]

Flickr pool photo by Kevin Wolf


Crash Closes Lanes on SB I-395

A crash on southbound I-395 near Arlington Ridge Road temporarily closed the highway.

The crash happened in the usual rainy weather spot — as traffic rounds a curve en route to the Glebe Road and Shirlington exits. All southbound lanes were closed for a period of time, but three lanes have since reopened, with the crash moved over to the right-hand side.

Separately, a crash has been reported on the northbound GW Parkway near Key Bridge and is currently causing “traffic issues,” according to scanner traffic.


TRAFFIC ALERT: Vehicle Overturns in Crash on Army Navy Drive

At the height of the evening rush hour, only one lane of westbound Army Navy Drive is open at S. Fern Street due to a two-vehicle crash.

The crash happened at the intersection shortly after 6 p.m. An SUV involved in the crash overturned as a result of the impact. Another vehicle suffered heavy front-end damage.

The occupants of the vehicle were able to get out on their own power and no one has been transported to the hospital.


JUST IN: Three Arrested in D.C. After Driving the Wrong Way Down I-395 While Fleeing Police

Three people have been arrested and will likely face charges in Arlington after a desperate attempt to flee a traffic stop on I-395.

The incident started just before 10 a.m., when an Arlington police officer tried to pull over a vehicle heading northbound on I-395 in the Pentagon City area. The driver of the vehicle then sped off heading the wrong way on southbound I-395, according to ACPD spokeswoman Ashley Savage.

“The vehicle did not stop and fled the area at a high rate of speed,” she told ARLnow.com. “The vehicle traveled NB in the SB HOV lanes, struck a vehicle, and the three occupants of the suspect vehicle fled the scene on foot.”

A search ensued, as U.S. Park Police set up a perimeter and combed the area around East Potomac Golf Course for the suspects, according to scanner traffic. All three were eventually caught.

“With assistance by the United States Park Police and Virginia State Police, all three suspects were located and taken into custody,” Savage said. “Charges are pending at this time.”

There were no reports of injuries in the crash, according to Savage.


BREAKING: Rescue Underway After Vehicle Runs Down Four Mile Run Embankment

Update at 3:10 p.m. — The victim has been successfully rescued from the vehicle. Tow crews will now start the process of removing the SUV from the embankment.

Earlier: Firefighters are currently working to rescue the driver of an SUV that ran down an embankment along Four Mile Run.

The incident happened just before 2 p.m. along 10th Street S., just south of Columbia Pike on the west bank of Four Mile Run. Initial reports suggest that one man is trapped in the vehicle but is in the process of being extricated by firefighters.

The victim’s injuries are said to be non-life-threatening.

The crash happened on a busy Sunday afternoon for the fire department. It is unrelated to the body recovery further down Four Mile Run.

Photos via Arlington County Fire Department and Google Maps


TRAFFIC ALERT: I-395 Ramp Blocked Due to Crash With Overturned Vehicle

(Updated at 2:15 p.m.) The ramp from northbound I-395 to the northbound GW Parkway, just prior to the 14th Street Bridge, is blocked due to a crash.

Initial reports suggest the crash involves an overturned vehicle. Police and firefighters are on the scene.

No word yet on injuries.

Several lanes of northbound I-395 are also closed due to the emergency activity. Traffic on I-395 is heavy approaching the bridge and the crash.


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