A carjacking suspect narrowly escaped police Sunday after fleeing the scene of a crash in the Chevy Chase Circle.
The suspect, an adult male, eluded police from Washington, D.C., Montgomery County and Chevy Chase Village just seconds after a brief vehicle pursuit ended with him crashing a stolen vehicle into another vehicle in the circle, according to police. The pursuit began when the vehicle, which had been reported stolen in a carjacking in D.C. earlier that day, was spotted by Metropolitan Police near the circle, said Chevy Chase Village Police Chief John Fitzgerald.
“He drove over the circle itself and collided with another car on the opposite side of the circle,” Fitzgerald said. Police reported no serious injuries in that collision.
Chevy Chase Village police did not participate in the vehicle pursuit, but both Montgomery County and Chevy Chase officers assisted D.C. in handling the accident and in the search for the carjacker, Fitzgerald said, adding that no injuries were reported in the crash.
“A number of D.C. and Montgomery County police officers, as well as Chevy Chase Village officers, set up a perimeter and began an immediate search of the area for the suspect, but it is my understanding that he was not located,” he said.
Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County police spokesman, confirmed that county officers were notified of the pursuit and responded to the scene, but he was unable to provide details regarding the status of the ongoing search for the suspect.
“We assisted at the scene of the accident and with traffic, but D.C. is primary on the investigation because clearly the armed carjacking originated in D.C.,” he said.
A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman was unable to confirm the circumstances of the pursuit Monday but Starks indicated that an armed carjacking took place in the area of Kalorama Circle before the chase began. Fitzgerald also confirmed the pursuit was initiated for an SUV that had been stolen during a carjacking.