- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 11, 2005


A Pentagon police officer was fighting for his life after being run down by a stolen car, authorities said.

Officer James Feltis, 41, was in very critical condition last night, Pentagon spokesman Glenn Flood said.

“He was on duty… and saw the vehicle coming the wrong way on what’s known as Rotary Road. Apparently, he tried to stop the vehicle and was struck. He was thrown up in the air and came down to hit the back of the car, then hit the ground,” Pentagon police Chief Richard Keevill said.

Alexandria Police Lt. John Crawford said the driver was moving at a “pretty good clip” when he hit Officer Feltis.

The trouble began about 4 miles south of the Pentagon in Alexandria, on the fringes of Old Town, where city police said a 65-year-old Maryland man was getting into his 2002 Cadillac when a carjacker ordered him out.

Alexandria police later found the car and chased it into Arlington County, then north onto Interstate 395. The driver got off at the Pentagon, where Officer Feltis was hit, but kept driving until an Alexandria police car rammed the Cadillac a short distance away.

“When the [Virginia] State Police, Pentagon police and Alexandria police attempted to arrest him, there was a scuffle, and the suspect got possession of the Alexandria officer’s gun,” said Amy Bertsch, an Alexandria police spokeswoman. “And the suspect fired multiple shots and injured himself.”

Police were still trying to confirm the suspect’s identity late yesterday. His injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The man who was carjacked was taken to the hospital as a precaution but was not seriously hurt, authorities said.

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