6 hurt, 2 arrested after police chase, crash on I-66 that snarled traffic

Traffic was routed off I-66 by police. Photo: Brian van de Graaf/WJLA

FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA/AP) — Six people were injured Saturday during a police chase on Interstate 66 that resulted in a crash and the highway's closure, according to authorities.

Virginia State Police said shortly after 3 p.m. along I-66 near U.S. Route 50 in Fairfax County, officers stopped a Dodge Charger whose driver was wanted by local police on an outstanding warrant. As a trooper was taking the driver into custody, the passenger took control of the wheel and sped off.

VSP spokeswoman Corinne Geller said police pursued the Charger until the fleeing man lost control, careened into a line of traffic and crashed into at least two other cars in the eastbound lanes of I-66 near the exit for N. Glebe Road in Arlington.

Fire and rescue crews indicated six people suffered injuries, some severe enough that required them to be taken to Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington - including the man in the Charger, who was also taken into custody.

Police identified the pair arrested as Ericka S. Oliver, 25, and Anthony G. McCrae, 33, of Washington, D.C.

After the drama unfolded, all lanes of eastbound I-66 were closed for over an hour; traffic backed up for miles, turning the busy highway into a massive parking lot.

Update: Accident: EB on I-66 at MM71 in Arlington Co. 4 lanes closed. Delay 4 mi.3:48PM

— 511 Northern VA (@511northernva) August 2, 2014

Reports that a police pursuit has ended with multiple crashes and injuries on I-66 E near #Ballston. #DCTraffic

— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) August 2, 2014

On way to work-caught in major accident-66 east closed. GPS says I'm 5 miles away & estimates a 65 minute ride. @ABC7News @NewsChannel8

— Brian van de Graaff (@ABC7Brian) August 2, 2014

Exiting i66 via Sycamore Street on-ramp. Thanks @arlingtonvapd for helping stranded motorists.

— Brian van de Graaff (@ABC7Brian) August 2, 2014