Five people were arrested after a carjacking in Arlington, Virginia, led to a police pursuit through D.C. and Maryland on Sunday.
The crimes began at around 1 a.m., when Arlington County police said they responded to a robbery by force in the 800 block of N. Glebe Road. Police said three people approached the victim while he was in his parked car, struck him, stole his wallet and then tried to steal his car, but the engine was immobilized.
Minutes later, police were dispatched to N. Vermont Street at N. Tazewell Street for the report of a stolen vehicle. Authorities said the suspects approached two victims sitting in their car, opened the door and demanded they exit. The carjackers then fled in the stolen vehicle.
The vehicle was located by Virginia State Police on I-395 in Fairfax County at about 4 a.m., and Arlington County police joined the pursuit when it entered their jurisdiction, authorities said.
Arlington County police said the driver disregarded all commands to stop and fled into the District.
A Metropolitan Police Department helicopter spotted the vehicle at about 10:45 a.m., and Prince George’s police pursued it through several neighborhoods.
The chase passed through Glenarden, Landover, Seat Pleasant, Capitol Heights, District Heights and Suitland, and finally ended with arrests at Pennsylvania and Southern avenues, at the D.C.-Prince George's County line.
Video shows that the chase ended when the vehicle crashed into a small garden in front of a “Welcome to Washington, D.C.” sign.
Five people in the car were arrested by Prince George’s County police. It’s unclear what charges they will face or if anyone was injured in the crash.