Teen leads police on high-speed chase on I-95

This post has been updated.

Authorities said a 15-year old boy led state police on a nine-mile pursuit Sunday morning, ramming into two police cars before losing control of his vehicle and overturning on a busy stretch of Interstate 95 in Spotsylvania County.

The incident closed several northbound lanes of 1-95 in Spotsylvania County, just past exit 126, police said.

State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said the teenager was driving a stolen van.  She said the pursuit began around 9:30 .am. near the Caroline County-Spotsylvania County line after a state trooper tried to stop the white Dodge multi-passenger van  the teen was driving at a high speed on I-95 North.  The van had been involved in a hit-and-run in Caroline County, police said.

When the trooper tried to stop the van near exit 118, the driver of the vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated, police said.

Authorities said during the chase, the teen tried to hit a trooper’s vehicle, causing the trooper’s car to run off the road and strike the guardrail. About nine miles later, near Fredericksburg, the van struck another trooper’s vehicle. Then the driver of the van lost control and the van overturned, police said.

Police said the teen driver was transported to Mary Washington Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  The state troopers were not injured during the pursuit.

Police said the white van was reported stolen earlier Sunday in Chesterfield County. Charges are pending at this time and police continues to investigate the incidents, said Geller.

All lanes re-opened by 11:30, Geller said.

Luz Lazo writes about transportation and development. She has recently written about the challenges of bus commuting, Metro’s dark stations, and the impact of sequestration on air travel.

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