Early on Wednesday morning, a deputy with the Loudon Sheriff’s Office noticed a vehicle driving down Route 15, close to Oatlands Road and south of Leesburg, that was being driven in such a way to cause the officer to decide to initiate a traffic stop. According to the official report, the deputy clocked the car at well below the posted limit as it weaved in and out of the road’s lanes.
The Deputy approached the vehicle, activated his cruiser’s lights, and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver of the vehicle in question decided against obeying the deputy and instead stepped on the gas and tried to flee.
It was 4:00 in the morning when the chase began, and the deputy, who was quickly joined by numerous other police officers, reported that they started off by following the speeding car down the southern lanes of Route 15 before turning off onto the eastbound lanes of Route 50. Resorting to more drastic measures, a deputy located close to Lenah Mill Road laid out a row of stop sticks. The fleeing car struck the sticks, received one flat tire, and continued on its way.
The driver of the car managed to travel through both Fairfax County and Prince William County while only able to use three of its tires.
By this time, the chase was taking place along Interstate 66, and there is no telling how many additional Virginia counties the group may have traveled through had not the driver of the hobbled vehicle not finally lost control of his car and crashed it while closing in on the interchange of Route 235.
Police approached the car and the driver tumbled out of the door, defeated. The report indicates that the fleeing man was a 55-year-old Manassas resident. Because he had received some injuries in the incident (although it is not clear just how this happened), he was transported from the area of his capture to a nearby hospital. Once his injuries were treated, he was taken to Prince William County Jail. No bond was issued for his release.
The man is currently facing numerous charges, including possession of stolen property, operation of a vehicle with a revoked license, and reckless driving.