The Metropolitan Police Department has announced that a suspect has been arrested after reportedly nearly striking an officer twice with a vehicle and subsequently fleeing from police. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
At approximately 3:19 am on Sunday, March 7, 2010, officers from the Fourth District were completing a police call for service in the 6900 block of <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /?>Georgia Avenue, NW. At that time as one of the officers stood beside their marked police cruiser in the northbound parking lane, a vehicle reportedly traveling northbound swerved towards the officer, forcing him to jump out of the way for his own safety.
The officer entered his cruiser and attempted to stop the suspect vehicle in the 7000 block of Georgia Avenue, NW. At that time the operator reportedly ignored the verbal compliance commands of the approaching officer and suddenly drove the vehicle in the direction of the officer. The officer subsequently fired his service weapon with no rounds taking effect. The operator continued to flee police efforts to stop the vehicle until the suspect was subsequently apprehended in the 9100 block of Georgia Avenue in Montgomery County, Maryland.
The suspect in this case is currently being held as a Fugitive from Justice as charges are pending.
The officer involved in this case is 44-years-old and a 5 year veteran assigned to the Fourth District. The officer reportedly suffered minor injuries as a result of this case and has been placed on routine Administrative Leave with Pay. The circumstances surrounding this case remain under active investigation by members of the Force Investigation Team which falls under the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.