Suspects being pursued in the robbery of a Metro Farecard machine at the Arlington Cemetery station threw coins at police during a five-mile chase into the District of Columbia during the predawn hours yesterday, D.C. police said.

Police cornered three men in an alley behind the 1800 block of 17th Street SE and charged them with being fugitives from justice. Held pending extradition proceedings were Stanley Carroll, 24, of the 800 block of Kentucky Avenue SE, and Dominic Bryant, 23, and Roosevelt Blocker, 22, both of the 1600 block of H Street SE, police said.

A fourth suspect escaped, police said.

Metro officials said a construction sweeper was used to gather up loose coins taken from the Farecard machines and strewn along the chase route.

Metro transit police said that at about 2 a.m. Metro police officer Harry Davis spotted a suspicious-looking car driving away from the vicinity of the cemetery Metro station and gave pursuit across Memorial Bridge into the District.

U.S. Park Police and D.C. police joined the chase as the vehicle sped through West Potomac Park and onto the Southwest Freeway.

Metro officials said an undetermined amount of cash was taken.