One man was taken into custody in Arlington last night after a car chase that began near the scene of a police stakeout in Chevy Chase, continued through Rock Creek Park, past the Kennedy Center and over Memorial Bridge, and involved officers from three police departments, authorities reported.
A man in a private auto received minor injuries when his car was in collision with a Montgomery County police car on its way to the area where the chase began, officials said. The man was treated at Suburban Hospital and released.
The chase began about 8:35 p.m. near Western Avenue and Beach Drive where officers were staked out in unmarked cars as part of an investigation of a series of recent burglaries, according to Montgomery County police.
When the officers attempted to stop an automobile in connection with the investigation, the vehicle "took off at a high rate of speed," according to Lt. Douglas L. McFee, night duty commander for the county police.
The chase, according to Montgomery and Arlington police who later joined in, went south through Rock Creek Park, along Rock Creek Parkway, then crossed the Potomac River into Arlington on the Memorial Bridge.
After being rammed several times by Montgomery County police cars, the car being pursued was abandoned near the River Place development in the 1100 block of Arlington Boulevard, Arlington police said. They said one man was taken into custody nearby by an Arlington County officer.
The incident was still under investigation last night.