D.C. man accused of ramming into two police cars

Edward Jerome Butler Jr

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. — A D.C. man was arrested Saturday on several charges after an incident in which police say he led them on a chase in Franconia, then slammed head-on into a police car.

Fairfax County Police have charged Edward Butler Jr., 32, with 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.

Butler Jr. is accused of passing a police car while driving recklessly, then not pulling over and initiating a dangerous pursuit.

“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,” says the police statement.

Police say that they executed a PIT (“precision immobilization technique”) maneuver on Butler Jr.’s car, making him spin out, but that he regained control and drove head-on into another police car, “leaving it completely disabled”.

The department says the accused then got out of his car and ran on foot, was taken into custody while resisting arrest, and finally taken to Fairfax County Adult Detention Center. Butler Jr. wasn’t injured in the incident, and neither were any police officers or bystanders.