Two women who were inside a car that was fleeing from police in Herndon early Tuesday morning were hospitalized after the car rolled over and crashed near Herndon High School, officials say.
The car belongs to a student who was on his way to school.
"He's a really nice kid so we're just glad he's OK."
The pursuit began at about 7:15 a.m. after a Herndon police officer tried to make a routine speeding stop. The SUV that was being pulled over briefly pulled into a parking lot off Elden Street before speeding away toward Herndon Parkway and Dranesville Road.
"It's a little hard to hear that someone wouldn't pay attention to traffic signals while all these kids are coming to school," says James Klenk, a student.
"It's reckless," says James Ahmad, another student. "Is there no one who cares about our students' safety?"
Herndon Police officials say that pursuing officers backed off as the chase approached Herndon High School, but the SUV in questioned continued to speed and ran a red light at Dranesville Road and Wiehle Avenue, where it collided with another car. The driver of the SUV then lost control, causing it to roll over several times.
"It's very dangerous and that's why the police called off the pursuit before it got into an area populated by students," says Lt. Jim Moore of the Herndon Police.
The driver and passenger inside the vehicle being chased were taken to an area hospital. Their condition is unknown. No one in the car that was struck by the fleeing SUV was injured, police say.
An investigation into the chase and collision is ongoing.