[UPDATED 3:15 p.m. with identity and charges]
The Virginia State Police were assisting the Metropolitan-DC Police Department with a pursuit that entered Virginia on Interstate 395, when the suspect vehicle – a Ford Explorer – crashed in Alexandria Tuesday evening. At approximately 5:35 p.m., as the Ford Explorer was taking the ramp from westbound King Street to northbound I-395, the Explorer rammed a marked Metro PD police cruiser involved in the pursuit. The Metro PD officer was then able to pin the suspect vehicle against the Jersey wall, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.
The suspect driver, Jessica M. Pierce, 26, of Stafford, was taken into custody without further incident and transported to Fairfax Inova Hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. She was charged with one felony count of eluding police, one felony count of unauthorized use of a vehicle, one felony count of grand larceny, reckless driving and one misdemeanor count of giving false identification to law enforcement.
The Ford Explorer belongs to the DC Housing Authority Police Department. The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.