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SUV crashes into 3 cars during police pursuit

A SUV crashed into four vehicles Wednesday during a police pursuit through the District and Prince George’s County, officials said.

The SUV stopped only after striking three vehicles: a Toyota, a Cadillac and a limousine bus, on South Dakota Avenue NE near 20th Street, police said. One man inside the SUV was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not believed to be life threatening, and no other injuries were reported in the crashes, which happened about 6 p.m.

The episode began earlier in the 6th District when D.C. police officers spotted the black Chevy Suburban, which matched the description of a vehicle police had been searching for, said Asst. Chief Al Durham. In recent days police had received reports that a possible police impersonator, driving a similar SUV, was observed on two occasions with emergency lights on, Durham said.

D.C. police followed the Suburban until they reached the District line at Eastern Avenue and Sheriff Road. Officers then relayed a lookout to Prince George’s County police, Durham said. At some point, the SUV struck a vehicle on Route 202 and fled.

County police officers pursued the SUV back into the District until it crashed.

Police took two men into custody, Durham said. No charges were immediately announced.

Clarence Williams is the night police reporter for The Washington Post and has spent the better part of 13 years standing next to crime scene tape, riding in police cars or waking officials in the middle of night to gather information about breaking news in and around Washington.


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