Man Fleeing Police Faces Numerous Charges

Posted September 3, 2009 at 6:59pm

Updated: 12:17 p.m. Sept. 4A man crashed his car into the U.S. Department of Agriculture at about 7 p.m. Thursday night, after fleeing an attempted traffic stop by the Capitol Police.Police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider said officers tried to pull over the vehicle for “erratic driving— in the 100 block of Independence Avenue, but the driver drove off and hit a car near Independence Avenue and 13th Street Southwest, sending a woman to the hospital with “non-life-threatening injuries.—The 22-year-old man then crashed into the scaffolding of the USDA building, which is located near the National Mall. Schneider said he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and charged with Reckless Driving, Leaving After Colliding, Felony Fleeing, Damage to Property, Assault on a Police Officer, and Assault with a Deadly Weapon (Auto).Catholic University of America student Matt Prescott witnessed the crash and said the silver car was driving erratically down Independence Avenue with several police cars in pursuit. It then struck the USDA building with enough force to embed the front of the car in the scaffolding.Capitol Police were joined by Metropolitan Police and U.S. Park Police on the scene, blocking off the area surrounding Independence Avenue and 14th Street Southwest. Officers said they were worried the scaffolding would collapse but eventually succeeded in safely removing the driver.