WASHINGTON - A Maryland man led D.C. police on a high-speed chase through downtown last September before crashing the vehicle he was driving. Most of the pursuit along with the man’s dramatic arrest was captured on video, including footage recorded on police body cameras. The footage was used at trial and released to FOX 5.
Last Labor Day weekend, Anthony Smith was trying to get away from police after stealing his girlfriend’s car and attempting to stab her when police spotted him in Northeast D.C.
D.C. police had already been pursuing Smith for several blocks when a motorcycle officer turned on his body camera and joined in the chase. Police are flying down North Capitol Street before passing the U.S. Capitol. The video shows the officer on the motorcycle coming up just behind Smith in his girlfriend’s car.
At one point, Smith stops the car and as officers jump out with guns drawn, he suddenly puts the car in reverse, pinning an officer against his cruiser’s door. Smith then speeds off in his vehicle again.
As the chase approaches the Trump International Hotel, Smith sees the roadblocks and crashes the car. Officers move in and disarm Smith, who was holding a knife.
From high above, a guest at the hotel captures the scene on the street.
However, Smith does not give up easily and officers are forced to use pepper spray on him as they attempt to get him out of the car. Smith was later seen on video put on a stretcher and placed into an ambulance.
During the pursuit, police said he caused four collisions, which included hitting one car in which a little boy was a passenger. A D.C. firefighter was seen holding him while his mother was being treated.
Smith was convicted by a jury last week of multiple counts of assault with a dangerous weapon and other charges. He will be sentenced in July.