Miraculously, no one was hurt in the twisted wreckage of four cars, police said on scene.
Derrick Miles Adkins, 37, of no fixed address, drove off in a stolen Mazda 626 after an officer tried to stop him on Old Bridge Road and headed toward Lake Ridge, 1st Sgt. Perry Stephens said while investigating the accident.
After the crash, Adkins got out and ran away on foot, before being apprehended in the wooded area near the parkway, police said.
Two other officers then joined in the chase; one ran the license plate numbers and discovered the Mazda was reported stolen from Arlington, Stephens said.
When the chase reached the intersection, Adkins lost control of the car and hit three cars in the opposite lane.
Adkins is charged with grand larceny auto, possession of burglary tools and eluding police, said Detective Dennis Mangan, a Prince William police spokesman.
He is wanted in Alexandria on “several outstanding warrants,” Mangan said.
Police were interested in the car because of several break-ins at commuter lots, police said. A four-door dark green 1996 Honda Accord and a four-door gold 1995 Honda Accord were stolen from the Prince William Parkway commuter lot Monday, Mangan said.
Both cars have Virginia license plates and both are valued at about $7,000. They were taken during the day, he said.