Sundays are for church, fried chicken and apparently wild police chases through narrow busy city streets. While it wasn’t exactly Steve McQueen in “Bullitt,” this is often as exciting as serene Arlington County gets.
A motorist wanted by authorities in Virginia and Maryland tried to hit a police officer with his car in Arlington, then led authorities on a chase down busy Columbia Pike, where he struck a vehicle and tried run away before being arrested.
Brian Williams, 32, faces charges of attempted malicious wounding on law enforcement, felony eluding, felony hit and run, misdemeanor identity theft and driving while suspended, the Arlington County Police Department said in a statement Sunday.
On Sunday at 3 p.m., Arlington police responded to a report of an argument possibly involving a firemarm and identified a man inside a parked car matching the suspect’s description provided in the report. When officers approached, Williams allegedly placed the car in reverse to flee.
Williams allegedly accelerated forward, striking an officer who did not sustain any injuries, according to the ACPD.
The motorist sped south on Glebe Road, turned east onto Columbia Pike and struck another vehicle at the intersection of Columbia Pike and Walter Reed Boulevard. Williams tried to run away, but was caught after a brief chase, ACPD said.