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Driver who caused serious crash in Herndon area charged; 7 remain hospitalized

A Maryland man is facing multiple felony charges Thursday following a crime spree and serious collision in the Centreville area.

Brendan Stefon Vinson, 28, of Adelphi, Maryland, remains in the hospital, as does a woman and five children who were also hospitalized after last night’s crash, Fairfax County Police Department officials said. Vinson is charged with carjacking, speeding to elude, two assaults on police officers and receiving stolen property.

This afternoon, Fairfax officers called for back-up at the hospital when the suspect tried to wrestle out of his handcuffs. Two FCPD officers who were injured by the suspect as he was being arrested had minor injuries and are expected to return to work.

Around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, a call came in for an assault on a child. Officers responded to the 6100 block of Early Autumn Drive in Centreville and learned a man had randomly knocked on the door of the home and hit a young child who answered the door. The suspect then fled the scene in a car that was reported stolen as a result of a carjacking in Hyattsville around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

FCPD officials said the suspect then crashed into a pick-up truck at Stone Road and Lee Highway and carjacked the driver before then stealing a trailer and attaching it to the pick-up. Responding officers saw the suspect fleeing in the stolen pick-up with the trailer attached and attempted a traffic stop. The suspect led officers on a short pursuit that ended at the intersection of Centreville Road and Frying Pan Road as the suspect ran a red light and collided with a van in the intersection.

The suspect ran from the intersection but officers managed to catch him. The suspect then assaulted both officers as he again tried to get away.

As a result of the second crash, one child was ejected from the minivan and flown to the hospital and remains in critical condition. The driver and four other children in the minivan went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Officers immediately provided First Aid to the ejected passenger. Fairfax1, FCPD's helicopter, which assisted with the pursuit, immediately landed after the crash so the crew could assist with the injuries.

The suspect was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries as a result of the crash. Both victims who were assaulted by the suspect also sustained minor injuries.The suspect is facing multiple additional charges.


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