A high speed chase through Northwest Washington ended early Thursday in a wild scramble at Ward Circle where Executive Protective Service officers fired shots and police dogs bit two fleeing suspects, D.C. police reported.
Two EPS officers each fired one shot at the pursued vehicle after it attempted to run them down shortly before 3 a.m., D.C. police reported. The shots caused no injuries or damage.
Police indentified the two suspects as 16-years-old youths from Southeast Washington, one a high school drop-out and the other a high school student.
They were treated at D.C. General Hospital for minor bites suffered when they fied their car on foot and dogs were used to intercept them, police reported.
No other injuries were reported in the incident, which police said began about 2:50 a.m. near Florida Avenue and 19th Street NW.
According to the police account, two third district officers saw a Toyota with its headlights off and attempted to stop it. When the car drove off, the officers pursued in their cruiser, police said.
The chase led west to Massachusetts Avenue NW where the pursued car headed northwest, speeding through four red lights and at various times mounting a curb and driving on the wrong side of the road, police said.
Near Ward Circle, the pursued car veered into the oncoming lanes of traffic and narrowly missed an EPS cruiser.
Swerving to avoid a collision, police said, the car spun around and came to rest in Ward Circle. As the EPS officres, identified as W. J. Parker and T. Minor, approached it on foot, the vehicle backed up and attempted to run down Parker, police said. They said he drew his service revolver and fired. Then the auto lurched forward and attempted to run down Minor, police said, and he, too, fired.
Other pursuing police, who now included officers with dogs, reached the circle, and the two youths bounded from the car and sought to flee but were stopped by the dogs, police reported.
Police said one youth was charged with two counts of assault on a police officer in connection with the alleged attempt to run them down. They said both were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.