RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A Virginia State Police trooper was transported to the hospital after a crash in Richmond on Wednesday.
Richmond police initiated a short pursuit on Hull Street around 5:30 p.m. before crashing with the suspects on Clarkson Road. State police assisted, and the suspect's vehicle crashed into two state police vehicles. The trooper's airbag was deployed during the crash.
Officials say the situation started as a part of the Fugitive and Firearms Task Force, and a Richmond police officer was the passenger in the state police cruiser. They happened to notice a car that stopped on Terminal Avenue. The officer and trooper approached the car, which took off.
Police say the two men in the car had felony warrants and told police they "didn't want to go back to jail."
The driver -- 42-year-old Marlon M. Johnson of Blackstone -- was arrested on the scene and charged with assault on a law enforcement officer and felony elude.
The passenger was not charged in the incident, but was taken into custody due his warrant for an unrelated matter.
The officer and trooper were treated at a local hospital and released.
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