A Washington, D.C. police officer riding on a mountain bike in Northeast Washington, was seriously injured yesterday when the driver of a stolen limousine tried to run down the officer and a partner, authorities said. The driver abandoned the vehicle nearby and remained at large last night.
The officer, who suffered a broken ankle and facial fractures, was being treated at Washington Hospital Center last night. Police did not release the name of the officer, a six-year veteran.
The incident occurred about 4:40 p.m., after the two officers had stopped to talk to youths in an alley in the 4200 block of Ord Street. The driver of the black Cadillac DTS limousine pulled up behind the officers, gunned the car's engine and barreled toward them, authorities said.
"It just charged toward them at a high rate of speed," said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. The injured officer pushed his partner out of harm's way. The limousine, which was reported stolen last week from Woodley Park, near the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, was found last night in the 4400 block of Quarles Street NE. The license plates on the vehicle were not registered to the limousine, authorities said.
Vanessa Arellano Doctor