WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Neighbors along the 1000 block of Euclid St. N.W. in the Columbia Heights area say the handful of cars that were smashed Friday morning may be the result of a police chase gone bad.
Neighbors were woken up by the sound of cars crashing at about 2:30 Friday morning. They say when they looked outside a black SUV that was being chased by DC police had smashed into parked cars and came to rest on top of another SUV. A whole block of cars were damaged, some of them beyond recognition.
PHOTOS OF THE SMASHED CARS
Later, Metropolitan Police Department PIO Officer Tisha Gant said that the Third Police District Commander gave her the following statement regarding the cars totaled on Euclid Street NW:
"Early Friday morning a suspect travelling in a vehicle on the 1000 block of Euclid Street NW, collided with several parked vehicles and fled the scene on foot without making his identity known. Police are in the process of determining the identity of the suspect and would be issuing a warrant for his arrest soon."
DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier maintained that there was never a chase. In an e-mail to 9News, the Chief stated her communications supervisor pulled the emergency radio transmissions and didn't find proof that there was a chase. Neighbors on Euclid disagreed.
One neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said, "Police were out here chasing a guy. They say he was a drunk driver."
Investigators say the driver took off on foot. According to neighbors a woman who was in the SUV stayed at the site of the wreck and was immediately questioned by police.
Amazingly, no one was hurt. Despite our repeated requests, by late Friday night DC police were still not able to provide an official report of the incident.