BREAKING NEWS – Washington D.C. Police said that a high-speed chase ended earlier this morning after the subject tried to use his car to hit Capitol Police, other vehicles and District of Columbia police officers as well near the Capitol Building. Details are still sketchy, but authorities say they have taken one man into custody following the incident. His name has not yet been released and the investigation is still ongoing at this time.
A Police spokesperson said the incident began at about an hour ago, around 9:30 a.m., when police officers tried to stop a vehicle for a minor violation. The driver refused to stop and instead sped away. D.C. Officers followed and the high-speed chase began near the Library of Congress. Fortunately, the incident did not last long, ending about a half-mile away when the vehicle was stopped by officers manning a road barricade.
Witnesses said the vehicle looked like it was not going to stop and as the driver aimed his car at Capitol Police officers, they opened fire on the driver. It is believed that several shots were fired but it is not known if the driver was wounded. It remains unclear from the police statement just why officers started following the car in the first place.
One witness said that during the chase, the suspect reportedly hit at least one police cruiser and several other vehicles. Officers said the chase took them past the Senate’s Rayburn House Office Building, which is located on Independence Avenue. The incident occurred during one of the busiest tourist times of the year, as the annual Cherry Blossom Festival has just gotten under way. Fortunately, there were no reports of any civilian injuries either from the chase or the dramatic conclusion which was punctuated with several gun shots.
Police do not believe that the incident was terror related at this time. We will bring you more on this store as details become available.