Traffic is partially flowing again on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge after being temporarily shut down due to a possible standoff situation.
Vehicle traffic on the bridge was shut down around 7 p.m. when police pursued a vehicle onto the bridge, according to the scanner.
Around 7:20, the suspect was taken into custody, police confirmed to ALXnow.
According to the scanner, delays are expected on the bridge, with the thru lanes of the bridge reopened to traffic as of 7:30 p.m.
UPDATE: Police Activity. I-95/495 SB (Inner Loop/Local Lanes) on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Prince George's County, MD. 1 left lane of the Local Lanes is now open. The Thru Lanes have reopened after a brief traffic hold. Delays are approximately 2 miles.
— MATOC Alerts (@MATOC) January 3, 2024
update: Police have used a Taser to subdue an armed assault suspect who had stopped his car on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge. Police have him in custody along with his weapon. #DCTraffic #MDTraffic #VATraffic @HelicoptersofDC https://t.co/tzoLZmYkI0 pic.twitter.com/xxkqhwZ18E
— Alan Henney (@alanhenney) January 3, 2024
Woodrow Wilson…. resolved. Thank you God pic.twitter.com/CcXgTu5oQt
— Lislyn Duncan (@LislynD) January 3, 2024
A man was arrested at a Del Ray apartment building Tuesday morning after allegedly trying to flee from police.
Arlington police flagged a vehicle with Maryland tags as being associated with a suspect wanted for attempted murder and followed the vehicle into Alexandria, according to scanner traffic.
The vehicle pulled into the parking lot of Grace Episcopal School around 10:30 a.m. and the driver fled on foot, initial reports suggest. After a brief search Virginia State Police located the suspect and engaged in a foot pursuit that ended at The Aspen apartment complex at 3201 Landover Street.
VSP arrested the suspect in the building around 10:45 a.m., according to scanner traffic.
The nearby Charles Barrett Elementary School was placed on “secure the building” status due to nearby police activity, per Alexandria City Public Schools.
The Alexandria Police Department just announced three major new hires.
APD announced Monday that it will welcome new Assistant Police Chiefs Raul Pedroso and Tina Laguna, as well as Communications Manager Tracy Walker.
“We are expanding APD leadership at a necessary time when our community is looking to us for more information sharing and innovative approaches to crime reduction,” Hayes said. “We look forward to the incoming expertise they will bring to further bolster our collective commitment to public safety in Alexandria.”
The assistant chief positions have been vacant since Police Chief Don Hayes was formally promoted in April 2022. The new hirings restructure the department to have three assistant police chiefs, as opposed to the two assistant chiefs (one of whom was a civilian) under previous APD Chief Michael L. Brown.
Pedroso will be the department’s assistant chief and commander of the Criminal Investigation Bureau. In that role, he will lead APD criminal investigations, crime scene investigations and Special Investigations. Pedroso was previously a major in the Coral Gables Police Department in Florida. He attended the FBI National Academy and has a master’s of science degree in criminal justice from Florida International University and a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Florida, according to his LinkedIn page.
Laguna will take charge of the APD Administrative and Technology Bureau, as well as “areas related to accreditation, training and recruitment, along with fleet, facility, and records management,” according to APD. She is currently the assistant chief overseeing investigative services at the Manassas City Police Department, and is the first Black woman to achieve the rank. She has a master’s degree in public administration and a bachelor’s degree in Criminology, Law, and Society from George Mason University, according to MCPD.
Walker was the public affairs director for the Richmond Police Department since 2021. She has been in marketing and public affairs for decades and has a bachelor of the arts degree from the University of Texas San Antonio, according to her LinkedIn page.
Pedroso and Laguna will formally join the department on Oct. 23 and Walker started on Monday, according to APD.
A 51-year-old Alexandria man was killed in a crash last week near the Eisenhower Avenue exit on Interstate 495.
Virginia State Police reported that Martin Warner, Jr. was killed at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12, when his 2003 Mercedes Benz crashed into a tractor-trailer that had to “rapidly slow in speed” due to mechanical issues.
Warner was not wearing his seatbelt and was killed. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 36-year-old Arlington resident, was wearing his seatbelt and was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.
The crash remains under investigation, according to VSP.
Virginia State Police did not pursue a vehicle into Maryland after an early morning high-speed chase through Alexandria.
No one was injured or vehicles struck in the chase, which began at around 1:30 a.m. near exit 173 (Van Dorn Street) on westbound Interstate 495, according to VSP.
The suspect drove a four-door black Mercedes and was being pursued for speeding. The Mercedes turned off the Glebe Road exit 7 on I-95, then drove up S. Glebe Road toward Potomac Yard, and went south on Richmond Highway (Route 1) through Old Town.
The Mercedes, which drove with a flat front left tire, drove between 115 and 130 miles per hour on Glebe Road and Richmond Highway, VSP and Alexandria Police Department dispatchers reported. APD did not assist in the pursuit.
The chase ended after the suspect got back onto the highway and crossed the Woodrow Wilson Bridge into Maryland.
“The trooper terminated the pursuit once the vehicle left Virginia,” VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller told ALXnow. “Maryland and Washington, DC authorities were alerted of the suspect vehicle. There were no crashes resulting from the pursuit.”
Updated at 1:25 p.m. An Alexandria motorcyclist was killed Sunday afternoon (June 26) after crashing and falling nearly 30 feet off the westbound Interstate 495 overpass exit ramp for Eisenhower Avenue toward Mill Road.
The motorcyclist took the exit ramp, and crashed into the cement wall while on the overpass. His identity was later released as 23-year-old Braydon A. Stone.
“While on the overpass exit ramp, the motorcycle ran off the left side of the travel lane and struck the cement wall,” Virginia State Police said in a release. “The impact of the crash caused the motorcyclist to be thrown from his bike and over the cement wall. He then landed approximately 28 feet below in the travel lane. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.”
Police said Stone was wearing a helmet, and that the crash remains under investigation. He was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
Alexandria Police have released the identities of the two men killed on Insterstate 495 near Telegraph Road on May 12.
Abdellah Bougrine, 54, of Alexandria, and Driss Bougrine, 59, of Fairfax, died after being hit by vehicles after the 2016 Toyota Corolla they were driving stopped in the middle of the road. The two men got out of the Toyota and were then hit moments later by two vehicles.
“(The) male driver and male passenger exited the Toyota and were outside of it when the Toyota was struck moments later by a westbound 2000 Ford Ranger pickup truck,” Virginia State Police said in a release. “Both the driver and passenger were also struck. The impact of the crash caused the Toyota to run off the right side of the interstate and into the guardrail. The Ford came to rest on the left shoulder. A westbound 2008 Mazda Miata also struck one of the men.”
A GoFundMe campaign for the men raised $15,500, and is no longer accepting donations.
No charges have been filed, and the crash remains under investigation, according to VSP.
(Updated at 5 p.m. on Nov. 30) Virginia State Police have released the identity of the driver in Sunday’s fatal single-vehicle crash at the Duke Street overpass of Interstate 395 on Sunday.
Alexandria resident Eric G. Jones, 46, was killed after his SUV crashed and became wedged under the overpass.
“A 2019 Honda HR-V was traveling north when the left front tire (a spare tire) blew out,” VSP said in a release. “This caused it to run off the right side of the road where it struck the overpass support.”
The crash was reported around 4:23 p.m on the northbound side of I-395 at Exit 3B.
The crash remains under investigation, VSP said.
Two Maryland juveniles have been arrested and face several charges after leading Virginia State Police on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash at the I-395 and Seminary Road interchange on Wednesday afternoon (October 27).
According to a release put out by the Virginia State Police, the chase started at around 2:30 p.m. after an Infiniti was clocked doing 89 mph in a 55 mph zone and displaying a fake temporary registration tag.
“The trooper activated his emergency lights and sirens to initiate a traffic stop for speeding, but the driver of the Infiniti refused to stop,” the Virginia State Police said. “Instead, it cut across all four lanes of travel in an attempt to elude the trooper. A pursuit was initiated.”
The release said the Infiniti exited Interstate 395 at Duke Street and continued west toward Beauregard Street, then returned to northbound I-395 where it changed lanes while allegedly going at 115 mph. During one lane change at Seminary Road, the drivers lost control of the car and it struck a Honda Civic and a Jersey wall.
The driver of the Honda, a 29-year-old man from Fredericksburg, was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries from the crash. the drivers of the Infiniti were arrested and also taken to a hospital.
“The 17-year-old male driver from Capitol Heights, Maryland and the 17-year-old male passenger from Prince George, Maryland were taken into custody,” the release said. “Two loaded handguns and prescription narcotics were recovered at the scene. Both juveniles were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.”
The driver of the Infiniti has been charged with reckless driving, improper registration, one felony count of eluding police, failure to maintain control, and a series of felony possession charges. The passenger is also facing felony firearm possession charges along with narcotics charges.
Part of the incident was captured on a traffic camera video and shared by public safety watchdog Dave Statter.
NEW: @VSPPIO chase on I-395N from Duke St. ended a few minutes ago in a crash & possible fire at Seminary Rd. Speeds reported to be in excess of 100 mph. @WTOPtraffic @WTOP @ARLnowDOTcom #police #LawEnforcement #traffic #vatraffic pic.twitter.com/SinIbI5fQo
— Dave Statter (@STATter911) October 27, 2021
The incident followed another pursuit a few days earlier where both driver and passenger died in a crash. The pursuit started with speeding and a claim from a dispatcher that the vehicle was stolen, which later turned out to be false. Whether or not Virginia State Police should have broad authorization to engage in pursuits has been an issue of some debate.
Photo via Dave Statter/Twitter
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