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High Speed Chase, Crash Block Virginia Freeway

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    A police pursuit in Arlington led to a wreck that caused major backups Saturday evening on I-66 eastbound in the area of Glebe Road in Arlington. (Published Saturday, Aug 2, 2014)

     A high speed chase along Interstate 66 ended after the suspect lost control of the car and crashed into other vehicles Saturday afternoon.

    Virginia State Police said a trooper stopped a Dodge Charger on eastbound I-66 for a traffic stop for driving on the shoulder of the road. During the stop near Exit 57, the trooper found out the driver, Ericka Oliver, 25, was wanted by a local police department and taken into custody.

    While the arrest was taking place, a man in the passenger seat slid over and sped away from the scene. Virginia State Police said the Charger headed east on I-66, got off at Route 123, flipped around on Route 123, and got back on I-66 eastbound.

    When the Charger caught up to traffic near Sycamore Street in Arlington County, the driver lost control and crashed into an SUV and rear-ended another car. The suspect driver, Anthony McCrae, 33, of Washington, D.C., was taken to the Virginia Hospital Center for serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

    Five other people were injured in the crash. Four were treated at the scene and one suffered serious injuries and transported to Virginia Hospital Center.

    The road was shut down for more than an hour as police and rescue personnel worked at the scene. By 5:55 p.m., all eastbound I-66 lanes were cleared and open to traffic.