CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A teenage suspect is in custody after he allegedly stole a police cruiser from a Chesterfield County McDonald’s and led officers on a chase before crashing on Midlothian Turnpike.
Police tell 8News the incident began at around noon when officers were called to the McDonald’s located in the 5900 block of Hopkins Road for a report that someone was attempting to steal a vehicle.
An employee of the restaurant and another male were with the suspect when an officer arrived on scene.
At some point, the suspect entered the officer’s marked vehicle and took off, striking another vehicle in the process.
Officers later spotted the stolen vehicle traveling northbound on Chippenham Parkway before exiting onto Midlothian Turnpike westbound.
As the chase continued into the 9500 block, near Tuxford Road, the suspect lost control of the vehicle and went into the median where officers were able to box the vehicle in and apprehend the suspect.
One non-police vehicle was struck on Midlothian Turnpike when the suspect vehicle lost control, police said.
There were no reported injuries, according to police.
The suspect, who has been identified as 19-year-old Selvin O. Lazo Caballero, of the 8000 block of Iron Bridge Road, was transported to a local hospital for medical clearance. He’s been charged with driving under the influence of drugs, though additional charges are pending, according to police.
The crash and ensuing investigation caused a miles-long backup for miles on Midlothian Turnpike Monday afternoon.
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