FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (WUSA) - A driver who ran from police after being pulled over for running a red light abandoned his car, ran across a parking lot and plunged over a ledge wall, taking an officer with him, according to Fredericksburg Police.
At 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, an officer tried to pull over a black Mitsubishi after its driver ran the red light at
Jefferson Davis Highway and College Avenue. The driver, identified as Tavaras Walls, 38, pulled into the parking lot of Stratford Square Apartments, then abandoned the car, and ran.
The officer chased Walls on foot across a parking lot, catching up with him to take him into custody. As he place his hands on Walls, the man stepped over a low brick ledge, tumbling approximately 12 feet down a sheer vertical embankment, taking the officer with him.
Another officer arrived on the scene to find both men lying at the foot of the retaining wall.
Walls, who was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries, was released and incarcerated without bond at the Rappahannock Regional Jail. He is charged with running a red light, eluding, DUI (4th offense), driving with a revoked license while intoxicated, and possession of marijuana. A search warrant was obtained and executed on Walls while he was in the emergency room to allow for the collection of blood evidence.
Officer Merrell was transported to the hospital in a police vehicle. Merrell, 26, suffered non life-threatening injuries from his fall and it is currently unknown when he will be able to return to patrol.