Man Punches Officer In Face, Leads Police On Chase In Stolen Cop Car
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MANASSAS (CBSDC) — A man is in custody after leading police on a chase in a stolen police car along Interstate 66 that ended in a crash and a confrontation Thursday afternoon.
Virginia State Police say Trooper C.T. Grzelak stopped to assist 37-year-old Dexter Gibson of Herndon, Va. near eastbound mile marker 46 on I-66 in Prince William County shortly before noon. Shortly thereafter, an officer with the Arlington County Police Department pulled over to assist Grzelak.
As authorities approached the Gibson, he became aggressive and began beating on the trooper’s car. When they tried to take him into custody, Gibson struck the Arlington police officer in the face, entered his police cruiser and fled the scene in the stolen vehicle.
The state trooper immediately began pursuing the suspect. Gibson exited I-66 onto Route 29 before returning in the westbound direction. Around mile marker 47, Fairfax County Police, State Police and Prince William County Police were circle the vehicle and forced it off the road and onto the shoulder.
Gibson then ran from the stolen cruiser and jumped into the bed of a nearby pickup truck which has stopped due to the chase. He then grabbed a shovel off the truck and began swinging it wildly at officers who ordered him to drop it.
He eventually complied, but tried to flee the scene again by jumping over a jersey wall and into the eastbound lanes of the interstate. Police gave chase on foot and entered into an altercation with Gibson after he refused to be taken into custody.
A trooper and sergeant suffered minor injuries during the struggle. The Arlington County Police Officer was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Gibson was taken to the Prince William County Adult Detention Center. A laundry list of charges are pending.