A 17-year-old Woodbridge teen was arrested early Sunday after troopers broke up an apparent drag race on Interstate 495, leading to a pursuit.
The incident began about 12:05 a.m. when a trooper saw a group of vehicles traveling west on I-495 at Exit 176 for Telegraph Road in Fairfax County. The vehicles slowed to about 20 mph and began lining up as if preparing to drag race, said state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller.
As the trooper pulled in behind the vehicles, three sped off at a high rate of speed, she said. When the trooper activated his lights and sirens, the vehicles refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated.
One of the vehicles, a Subaru, continued to I-495 north reaching speeds of more than 130 mph. The Subaru exited I-495 at Exit 54 for Braddock Road and headed east, running several red lights. The vehicle continued onto Backlick Road, did a U-turn in a parking lot and then struck a 2019 Toyota SUV near the intersection of Highland Street, Geller said.
At that point, two troopers purposely made contact with the pursuit vehicle in order to bring it to a stop. The suspect vehicle struck a brick column and came to a stop, Geller said.
The driver of the Subaru, a 17-year-old boy from Woodbridge, was taken into custody without further incident, Geller said. He was taken to Springfield Health for treatment of minor injuries. Three adult passengers were not injured.
The driver of the Toyota SUV that was struck was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The juvenile pursuit driver was charged with drag racing, driving without a license, one felony count of eluding police, and one felony count of hit and run, Geller said. The incident remains under investigation.