The driver of a five-ton flatbed truck led six Arlington police officers through a countywide obstacle course Wednesday night in a chase that ended only after four police cars and three parked cars were damaged.
The driver, Noland Nathan Hogan, 28, of 2829 Annandale Rd., was charged with three counts of attempted murder of a police officer and one count each of reckless driving and possession of cocaine. He is being held in the Arlington jail in lieu of $30,000 bond.
Police said Hogan may have fled because he possessed drugs. They have not yet determined the quantity.
There were no injuries and the cost of the vehicle damage has not been calculated, said police spokesman Barry Hulick.
Two police cars were damaged when one officer made an abrupt turn and struck another police car, Hulick said.
The other two police cars were hit when Hogan purposely swerved into them as they tried to come alongside him, police said. Another officer jumped out of her car as Hogan drove the truck in reverse toward her, Hulick said.
"The way he was driving, he had a total disregard for human safety," said Officer John A. Coale, whose cruiser was damaged.
The incident began at 9:05 p.m. when Officer Janet Rowe tried to stop Hogan for running a red light and two stop signs near Columbia Pike and Southgate Road near the U.S. Navy Annex.
"She put on her siren and off they went, over the hills and dales and through the countryside," said Hulick.
Other police cars joined the pursuit as Hogan headed north. Six miles later, near Lee Highway and Sycamore Street, Hogan drove the truck through a gas station and a bank parking lot and over a brick planter, Hulick said.
Police say he stopped the truck in the 2200 block of North Tuckahoe Street, after he ran into a parked car. Hogan then fled on foot, Hulick said. According to a police report, Hogan told the arresting officers: "I didn't know you were following me."