A quiet early morning in Dunn Loring was briefly shattered on Monday after a driver refused to pull over for a traffic stop, an act which resulted in the individual being pursued by numerous police vehicles. Details on the entirety of the incident are still incomplete, but enough has been released by officers with the Dunn Loring Police Department and the Fairfax County Police to reconstruct the main points of the incident.
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.
Just around 9:45 in the evening, a police officer with the Fairfax County Police noticed a vehicle being driven recklessly and at high speeds near the intersection of Fairfax County Parkway and Stringfellow Court inside of the town of Fairfax itself. The officer then attempted to perform a traffic stop on the individual behind the wheel of the car, but this person decided that they did not want to be engaged in a traffic stop and instead attempted to flee from the pursuing officer.
Early this past Sunday, a Manassas resident who was driving along Interstate 66 caused a deadly three-vehicle crash, after which he attempted to flee the scene of the incident and escape from the pursuing authorities. According to the Virginia State Police, the accident took place close to 4:00 in the morning, on Interstate 66’s westbound lanes. The accident location was inside of Fairfax County, but also only 1,000 feet to the east of the line separating Fairfax County and Prince William County.
According to the Fairfax County Police Department’s report, Tran, a 58-year-old, was driving a white SUV down the westbound lanes of I-66, when he somehow managed to collide with two other vehicles. The report goes on to say that a witness, Artz, arrived shortly after the incident and began to take a video of the crash’s aftermath on her phone.
It seems that after causing the collisions, Tran, who’s car was badly damaged but still working, left the scene of the incident. It was when he passed a rest area along I-66 that another civilian, Panameno noticed him. Panameno, who claims he did not know an accident had just occurred, saw the mangled SUV, noticed how airbags on both sides had been deployed, and called the police. Panameno also left the rest area and began to follow Tran.
Eventually, Panameno was able to get in front of Tran’s car and stop him. The police report says that Panameno told them that he left his vehicle and approached Tran’s car, which was leaking fluids from its undercarriage. Panameno then attempted to help Tran from the car as well as engage him in conversation, however the man was only vaguely coherent and would only keep saying over and over again that he was not injured.
The same can not be said for the people in the other two cars involved in the crash. While it is not clear just how many people were located within these cars, it is known that two of them suffered from injuries and were taken to the hospital. A third person was declared dead at the scene.
When police reached Tran, they administered a field sobriety test. He did not pass this test.
On Wednesday, police in Vienna arrested a driver on a suspected DUI after a car crashed a utility pole just off of Maple Avenue East. The report from the Vienna Police Department indicates that the crash occurred close to 1:00 in the morning. The car has not been described in any detail and the driver of the vehicle has not been named, however a series of details relating to the incident have been released.
On September 12th, an unnamed woman drove to 12005 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, in order to undergo what she believed to be an interview. According to the report from the Fairfax County Police, the woman had gotten the interview after responding to an ad placed on Craigslist for an administrative assistant. When she arrived at the location, she met the 44-year-old Gainesville resident, Rauf. Upon entering the building and being closed in an office with Rauf, the woman told police that the man proceeded to sexually assault her.
An extremely distressing story has emerged from Falls Church that seems to indict a mother in the neglect and endangerment of her three children. A little over a week ago, Faulkinson loaded her kids into her car and drove with them to Columbia Pike, somewhere in the 5600 block. Police with the Fairfax Police Department have indicated that the the car arrived at Columbia Pike close to 2:00 in the afternoon.
On Monday, close to 6:30 in the evening, Virginia State Police responded to reports of a crash in the westbound lanes of I-495. The reports indicated that the accident was a hit-and-run and that the vehicle that had caused the crash, a black sedan, had fled the scene after causing the collision. Emergency response teams arrived quickly at the location of the accident, but in the meantime reports were coming in that a second accident, involving the same car, had taken place further down I-495.
Early in August, a 22-year-old woman contacted the police to report an attempted abduction and sexual assault in Manassas. According to the statement she made to the police, she was on foot, walking along North Shore Drive’s 12000 block close to 2:30 in the afternoon. After walking past the Tall Oaks Shopping Center, she said that a man came up behind her and attacked her.
Last Wednesday, close to 10:45 at night, police with the Warrenton Virginia Police Department arrived at a local CVS to discover a man lying dead next to a dumpster. While it is not known who exactly placed in the initial call to the police department, it seems that the caller indicated that a “deceased person” was found at 510 Blackwell Road. This address, the one for the CVS, shortly afterwards became the site of a heavy police presence as the initial investigation into the nature of the death was conducted.
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