Police chase in Fairfax ends with 7 injured including a child

FAIRFAX CO. - A Prince George’s County man is facing multiple felony charges following a crime spree and serious collision in the Centreville area on Wednesday night.

According to Fairfax County Police, Brendan Stefon Vinson, 28, of Adelphi, remained in the hospital on Thursday, along with a woman and five children who were also hospitalized after Wednesday night’s crash.

Vinson is charged with carjacking, speed to elude, two assaults on police officers and receiving stolen property.

Police say around 7:45 p.m. on Wednesday night, a call came in for an assault on a child.

Officers responded to the 6100 block of Early Autumn Drive in Centreville and learned a man had randomly knocked on the door of the home and hit a young child who answered the door.

Police told DCW50 today it appeared that the situation was random and the suspect did not have any connection to the particular home.

The suspect then fled the scene in a car that was reported stolen as a result of a carjacking in Hyattsville at about 6 p.m. Wednesday night. It's unclear if he was responsible for that carjacking.

The suspect then crashed into a pick-up truck at Stone Road and Lee Highway and carjacked that driver.  Police say he then stole a trailer and attached it to the pick-up.

Responding officers saw the suspect fleeing in the stolen pick-up with the trailer attached and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect led officers on a short pursuit which ended at the intersection of Centreville Road and Frying Pan Road as the suspect ran a red light and collided with a van in the intersection.

Determined to avoid capture, the suspect then ran from the intersection, but officers managed to catch up with him. The suspect then assaulted both officers as he again tried to get away.

Police say the officers had minor injuries and are expected to return to work.

As a result of the second crash, one child was ejected from the minivan and flown to the hospital and remains in critical condition. The driver and four other children in the minivan went to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Officers immediately provided first aid to the ejected passenger.

Both victims who were assaulted by the suspect also sustained minor injuries. The suspect is facing multiple additional charges.

He was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the crash.

On Thursday, police say officers had to call for back-up at the hospital when the suspect tried to wrestle out of his handcuffs.