Va. State Trooper hospitalized after cruiser overturns in I-95 chase

A turned-over Virginia State Police patrol car after it was overturned during a chase on Interstate 95 Thursday afternoon.

The suspect’s vehicle after police ended a chase in Fairfax County, Virginia.

A Virginia State Police trooper was taken to the hospital Thursday after his vehicle overturned during a chase on Interstate 95.

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A Virginia State Police trooper was taken to the hospital Thursday after his vehicle overturned during a chase on Interstate 95 during the busy evening rush hour.

According to Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller, the incident occurred just before 5 p.m. as the trooper was stopped on the northbound shoulder of I-95 at the 155 mile marker in Prince William County assisting a traffic stop.

A Chevrolet Malibu traveling north on I-95 struck the trooper’s patrol car, and then fled the scene. The officer attempted to catch up and pull over the vehicle, starting the chase.

When the trooper caught up to the Malibu, its driver rammed the patrol car and forced it off the road. The police vehicle was then pinned up against the Jersey wall and flipped onto its side. The hit-and-run Malibu quickly left the scene and drove north on I-95.

Police say the trooper was hospitalized at Fairfax Inova Hospital as a precautionary measure with minor injuries.

Meanwhile, the Malibu was still being chased down by Virginia State Police. As the suspect got to the area of I-395 and Duke Street in Alexandria, Fairfax County Police used a “Precision Immobilization Technique” to spin his car out to a halt.

Police identified the suspect as Douglas Johnson Jr., 31, of Maryland. He was arrested and charged with felony speed to elude.

The chase resulted in long backups on the highway on a busy travel day for the nation’s most heavily traveled north-south highway.

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Jose Umana

José Umaña is a digital editor for WTOP. He’s been working as a journalist for almost a decade, covering local news, education and sports. His work has appeared in The Prince George’s Sentinel, The Montgomery Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, PressBox and The Diamondback.

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