A high-speed chase in and around Annandale on Saturday has resulted in the arrest of one man and a subsequent list of charges that reflect the danger this man posed to civilians and officers during the incident. It began around 5:00 in the evening when an officer saw a car speeding down Little River Turnpike, close to where this street intersects with Columbia Road. The officer also noticed that the car was driving erratically and recklessly as well as being over the posted limit. The officer attempted to perform a routine traffic stop on the vehicle, but the car’s driver decided otherwise.
Butler, the 32-year-old man behind the wheel of the car, stepped on the gas and tried to flee the pursuing officer. The officer called for backup, and soon Butler found himself barely eluding several police cruisers. Butler then briefly shifted lanes so that he was driving the wrong way down Little River Turnpike before re-entering the correct lane and making a U-turn. During the U-turn Butler collided with one of the pursuing police cruisers close to the intersection of Little River Turnpike and Pinecrest Vista Drive.
The collision did not deter Butler for long, and he continued his way down the road in his damaged vehicle, forcing police to keep chasing him. Officers engaged in the pursuit even employed the dangerous PIT technique, which requires that an officer try and carefully nudge the car being pursued in an attempt to cause the pursued car’s driver to lose control. This caused Butler’s vehicle to begin spinning, but he was able to regain authority over his vehicle and continue driving. At some point during this process, he struck a second patrol car.
Authorities were eventually able to use their vehicles to completely trap Butler’s car, after which the persistent man simply fled the area on foot. At this point, Butler’s last-ditch effort to escape authorities was nothing more than a token gesture, and he was quickly apprehended close to where he fled his car and arrested.
Current charges against Butler include two misdemeanor hit-and-run accounts, resisting arrest, assaulting a law-enforcement officer, felony hit-and-run, and attempted malicious wounding. Butler is currently staying in the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.