Police chase on I-95 in Prince William Co. leads to head-on collision

WASHINGTON — A man has been arrested after he led police on a chase on Interstate 95 in Prince William County, Virginia, and hit a state trooper’s vehicle head-on.

Joseph D. Deramus, 23, of Woodbridge, Virginia, has been charged with one felony count of eluding police, attempted malicious wounding of a police officer, assault on a police officer, and driving the wrong way.

He also faces a prior probation violation, Virginia State police said.

A state trooper tried to pull Deramus over for speeding in an Audi while traveling north on I-95 near Exit 156 just before 9 a.m., police said. When the trooper turned on his lights, Deramus refused to pull over and the trooper initiated a chase.

During the pursuit, Deramus began driving south in the northbound lane, which is when he collided with another trooper head-on, police said. He then got out of the Audi and ran away on foot.

Fairfax County Police Aviation and Prince William County police helped establish a perimeter within the area. A state police K9 team tracked Deramus to his hiding spot around 10 a.m. near Potomac Mills Circle, officials said.

The trooper who was struck during the chase was not injured.

The incident remains under investigation.

Zeke Hartner

Zeke Hartner is a digital writer/editor who has been with WTOP since 2017. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University’s Political Science program and an avid news junkie.

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