Bo and Luke Duke, take note. In a scene worthy of "The Dukes of Hazzard," a driver sought on a drunk driving charge was caught yesterday morning after a chase through roads and parks in two Virginia counties. Then, the pursuing officers were caught.
In the mud, that is.
"Everybody was towed," said Officer Connie Curran, spokeswoman for the Fairfax County Police Department. "It must have been a great sight."
The sticky situation started about 4:45 a.m. yesterday in Reston when a Fairfax police officer stopped a Toyota pickup truck being operated in an erratic fashion, Curran said. The officer recognized the driver as someone wanted on a charge of driving while intoxicated and called for help, she said.
"When the officer's backup arrived, the Toyota took off," Curran said. "The pursuit went into eight different roads through Reston, including two bike paths and Baron Cameron Park."
Curran said the driver attempted to ram the two cruisers twice, then headed west on Rte. 7 into Loudoun County. There, a Loudoun sheriff's deputy joined the chase.
The driver rammed through the gate at the entrance of Algonkian Regional Park, she said. Finally, it came to a stop in a muddy field and one of the Fairfax officers deliberately drove his cruiser into the Toyota.
But the driver of the Toyota was not the only one stopped in his tracks.
"He became stuck, and the officers became stuck," said Sgt. Terry McCracken of the Loudoun County sheriff's office. "We sent our four-wheel-drive vehicle down there and, of course, it became stuck . . . . It must have been a real scene."
"They had to get a heavy vehicle with tracks to extract these vehicles," he said.
The driver of the Toyota, Hugh H. Davis, 25, of no fixed address, was charged in Fairfax County with driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a blood or breath test, speeding to elude, driving with a suspended license and destruction of county property.