A woman is under arrest for leading District police on a chase into Virginia after she allegedly stole a D.C. Housing Authority Police Department SUV.
According to the D.C. Housing Authority, the incident began at 5:30 p.m. at the Garfield Terrace housing complex.
A DCHA officer told WUSA9 the woman had been placed in the back of one of their cars, in handcuffs, after she tried to enter the complex. The officer said she had previously been barred from the property.
DCHA said one of its officers then left the car to retrieve something. The agency said that was when the suspect made her way to the front of the vehicle. She then allegedly found a way to get her hands in front of her and drive the car.
After that, police said the suspect drove into Virginia. DCHA said she drove through the Third Street Tunnel and I-395, and she hit at least 10 cars along the way, including a marked D.C. police cruiser that was involved in the pursuit.
Ultimately, the car crashed after the I-395/King Street ramp in Alexandria.
Police said the 26-year-old woman was arrested at the scene.
FYI: Multiple @DCPoliceDept units in area 395/King following stolen vehicle. Police helicopter also in area. APD NOT involved, FYI only.— Alexandria Police (@AlexandriaVAPD) December 13, 2016
A DCHA officer said the woman claimed she was pregnant when she talked to a state trooper. Authorities have yet to confirm whether that’s true, but the suspect was ultimately taken to a nearby hospital after the incident.
DCHA said narcotics were also found on her at the scene.
Virginia State Police are investigating. Charges are pending.