Man strikes Fairfax Co. officer with car, leads police on eight-mile pursuit

Emanuel Chang-De La Cruz, 19

FAIRFAX CO., Va. – Police say they arrested a man on a slew of charges after he hit an officer with his car and led them on an eight-mile chase.

Fairfax County Police say an officer stopped two cars for reckless driving at Backlick Road and Springfield Boulevard around 9:39 p.m. on Tuesday night.

As a second officer arrived and got out of her car, police say both cars took off. One of the cars struck the officer.

Police say officers drove after the car in a pursuit that lasted more than eight miles mostly on interstate roads.

They say the chase eventually ended on Lenclair Drive in Alexandria when an officer utilized a precision immobilization technique (PIT) to stop the vehicle and arrest the driver.

“It’s a controlled crash essentially, where an officer will strike a certain part of the fleeing suspect’s vehicle, causing that vehicle to stop in a relatively controlled fashion,” 2nd Lieutenant Eric Ivancic told DCW50.

Emanuel Chang-De La Cruz, 19, the driver of the car that struck the officer and led police on a pursuit, was charged with speed to elude, no operator’s license, reckless driving and assault on a law enforcement officer.

Fortunately, police say the officer hit by the car was not injured.

“She’s lucky, she thought very quickly on her feet, she got out of the way as much as she could and luckily she escaped without any injuries,” says Lieutenant Ivancic. “He could’ve killed anybody, the way he was driving was dangerous for the whole community.”