WASHINGTON — Two people found hiding in an outdoor restaurant freezer are in custody after leading police on a chase in Northwest D.C. on Tuesday.
Detectives claim the pursuit started on E Street and ended on C Street, Northwest.
Around 11:45 a.m., a U.S. Capitol Police officer said they spotted a white sedan believed to be affiliated with several armed carjackings in a neighboring county. Police attempted to initiate a traffic stop on the sedan, but the driver sped off, leading officers on a chase.
Detectives say the driver ended up clipping a patrol car along First Street, then it crashed into another patrol car along the 300 block of Third Street, Southeast.
The driver and passenger got out of the car, ran and tried to hide in an outdoor freezer behind a restaurant along Pennsylvania Avenue, Southeast, where they were caught by officers.
A gun and a high capacity magazine were recovered, according to a news release.
Police identified the suspects in this case as 18-year-old Cedae Hardy and 18-year-old Landrell Jordan.
Charges against the duo include Unauthorized Use of a Vehicle, Carrying a Pistol without a License, Felony Fleeing, Reckless Driving, Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Large Capacity Feeding Device, Destruction of Property, Unregistered Ammunition, and Unregistered Firearm.
Police say one officer was injured during this incident, but they do not believe the injury is serious. Investigators say the suspects were not injured.
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