A carjacker stole an SUV early Tuesday, hit two vehicles during his getaway and crashed into a McDonald’s drive-through in Hyattsville, a Prince George’s County police said.
The man, identified by authorities as 21-year-old Dominique Tyrone Harrison who has no fixed address, was in police custody as of 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, said Cpl. Maria McKinney, a department spokeswoman. Harrison was taken to an area hospital for minor injuries, she said. There were no other reports of injuries.
McKinney said authorities got a 5:11 a.m. call about a car in a McDonald’s in the 6200 block of Annapolis Road. Authorities said employees were inside the fast-food restaurant at the time of the accident but no one was injured.
At the same time as the crash, Prince George’s County police got a call about a carjacking in the 7000 block of Annapolis Road. Crash investigators began to piece together events, and authorities believe Harrison carjacked an SUV just before the crash at the drive-through.
McKinney said the carjacking took place at the intersection of Annapolis Road and 71st Avenue. A victim told police that she were stopped at a traffic light when a suspect asked for a ride. When the driver said no, the suspect implied he had a weapon, she said.
The SUV driver jumped out of the vehicle and ran away. And McKinney said the suspect jumped in the victim’s vehicle and started driving down Annapolis Road. At some point during his getaway, Harrison struck two vehicles, one of which was a minivan, police said.
The driver of the minivan followed the carjacker’s vehicle and witnessed it crashing into the drive-through, McKinney said.
Authorities said Harrison faces armed carjacking and other accident-related charges in connection with Tuesday’s crash. According to a Prince George’s County police press release, Harrison admitted his involvement in the incident and detectives believe he may suffer from mental illness.
Police asked that anyone with information about the carjacking and accident to call the department’s regional investigation division at (301) 699-2601. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD” and a message to CRIMES (274637) or go to www.pgcrimesolvers.com to submit a tip online.