Police from three jurisdictions chased a stolen Crown Victoria for more than an hour through parts of Maryland and the District before the incident ended with a bailout, a foot chase and an arrest in Southeast Washington, according to authorities.
The pursuit began about 11:20 a.m. when a Maryland State Police trooper got a hit for a stolen car off an electronic license-plate reader on southbound Interstate 95 near Powder Mill Road.
Sgt. Marc Black of the state police said the driver refused to stop, “at which point the pursuit began.” It took police onto the Beltway, I-295 and New York Avenue into the District. At that point, Black said, state police dropped the chase and turned it over to U.S. Park Police and D.C. police.
Authorities said they could not immediately say how fast the car being chased was traveling. At one point, the car hit a police cruiser, but no injuries were reported, police said.
U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. Paul Brooks said the chase went in and out of the District in Southeast Washington and ended about 12:30 p.m. on South Capitol and Brandywine streets in Southeast, about five blocks from the Anacostia Freeway.
Police said the driver stopped his car and jumped out and was arrested after a brief pursuit on foot. Brooks identified the driver as Ronnel Anthony Blakeney, 22, from Halethorpe. Police said he was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle, assault on a police officer, driving without a license and reckless driving.