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ArlingtonPolice use taser to get hit-and-run suspect to comply

Police use taser to get hit-and-run suspect to comply

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On Dec. 29 at 4:39 p.m., Arlington police were dispatched to Columbia Pike at South Greenbrier Street for a report of a hit-and-run incident.

Based on witness reports, arriving officers located the suspect vehicle, which had sustained significant damage, and attempted to make contact with the suspect, police said.

The suspect ignored multiple commands to exit the vehicle, police said, and officers then removed the driver-side window in an attempt to remove him.

The suspect continued to resist, police said, so officers deployed a TASER device and were able to take him into custody, police said.


Investigation determined that the suspect vehicle had struck four vehicles in Arlington and had been involved in a hit-and-run incident in Fairfax County. No injuries were reported.

The suspect – 34-year-old Michael Winningham of Alexandria – was arrested and charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run, attempted felony hit-and-run, driving under the influence and obstruction of justice. He was held without bail.

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