BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA) -- Officers involved in an early morning police chase made a shocking discovery after their suspect crashed his vehicle on the Beltway; he apparently brought the whole family along for the ride.
Captain Robert Bolesta, spokesman for the Montgomery County Police Department, says officers on special assignment were conducting surveillance on Connecticut Avenue at East West Highway when they ran the tags of Chevy Impala around 12:25 Wednesday morning. Turns out the owner of the car was wanted for a felony drug charge. When officers tried to pull the driver over, he took off.
According to Captain Bolesta, the driver tried to ram one of the police cruisers off the road during the chase, which continued onto the Beltway heading for Prince George's County. Maryland State Police Troopers were called in to assist in the pursuit.
Captain Bolesta says the suspect drove erratically across several lanes of the Beltway in a desperate attempt to evade police. The pursuit came to an abrupt end when he crashed the Impala into two empty vehicles on the left shoulder of the Inner Loop which had been involved in a previous incident.
Once police officer reached the vehicle and pulled the driver from the Impala, they discovered he was not alone. A woman and two infants had been taken along for the wild ride. All of the passengers escaped serious injury, and were taken to the hospital for check-ups.
Captain Bolesta says the officers were not aware there were passengers inside the vehicle when they gave chase.
The driver was taken into custody and served the warrant. He is also charged with First Degree Assault for trying to run the officer off the road. Maryland State Police are also likely to add charges.