Driver taken into custody after ramming two police cars


Franconia Police District – A Washington D.C. man is facing multiple charges after leading officers on a dangerous pursuit, and ramming into two police cars. Yesterday afternoon, around 4:50 p.m., an officer noticed a car driving recklessly and at a high rate of speed near the intersection of Little River Turnpike and Columbia Rd.  The officer tried to stop the car but the car fled and a pursuit ensued. Officers from the Franconia and Mason District Stations responded to the area to assist the officer. The fleeing driver then started to drive in the opposite lanes of travel on Little River Turnpike, putting the public at risk. After a short distance, the fleeing car returned to the right side of the road but still ignored the pursuing police cars behind him.  At some point the fleeing driver made an abrupt U-turn on Little River Turnpike near Pinecrest Vista Drive and hit a police car, almost head-on. Somehow the fleeing driver was able to continue over the center median again and started traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of Little River Turnpike. Because of the escalating danger to the public, our officers attempted to stop the pursuit by using a precision immobilization technique (PIT).

The PIT was successful, spinning the fleeing vehicle; however the driver was able to regain control of the car and drove head-on into another police car, leaving it completely disabled.  Our officers moved in quickly by blocking the fleeing vehicle with several other police cars.

The driver then got out of his vehicle and ran away.  Officers chased after him and took him into custody a short distance away. While taking the driver into custody he resisted arrest and disregarded officer’s commands. It took several officers to control him and get hand-cuffs on him. 32-year-old Edward Jerome Butler Jr was charged with two counts of misdemeanor hit and run, reckless driving, possession of marijuana, window tint violation, resisting arrest, attempted malicious wounding, assault on a law enforcement officer, felony hit and run, and felony speed to elude.  He is currently being held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center on no bond.  During the pursuit the suspect was not injured. We are grateful that no officers or community members were hurt.

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