A Washington D.C. man is in custody after leading Fairfax County officers up and down Little River Turnpike Saturday afternoon, during which two police cruisers were rammed.
It began a little before 5:00 p.m. when an officer noticed a car driving recklessly and fast on Little River Turnpike near Columbia Road in Annandale. The officer tried to stop the car but the driver took off and the officer gave chase.
Police say the driver, identified as 32-year-old Edward Jerome Butler Jr. of Washington, D.C., then started to drive in the opposite lanes on Little River Turnpike. After a short distance Butler returned to the right side of the road but still ignored the pursuing police cars behind him. At some point the fleeing car made an abrupt U-turn on Little River Turnpike near Pinecrest Vista Drive and hit a police car, almost head-on. Somehow the driver was able to continue over the center median and, again, started traveling the wrong way on Little River Turnpike.
Officers then tried to stop the car using a precision immobilization technique (PIT). That spun the vehicle but its driver was able to regain control and drove head-on into another police car, leaving the cruiser completely disabled. Officers finally were able to block the fleeing vehicle with several other police cars. The driver then got out of the car and ran but officers were able to capture and arrest him a short distance away. During the arrest, police say, Butler resisted and ignored officers’ commands. It took several officers to control Butler and hand-cuff him. During all of this no one was hurt.
Butler has been charged with two counts of misdemeanor hit and run, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, window tint violation, resisting arrest, attempted malicious wounding, assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run, and felony speed to elude.