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Honda involved in two auto accidents Dec. 17; in one, PW police officer struck

Hit and Run Investigation | Attempted Malicious Wounding of a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] – On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at 1:13PM, Prince William County police officers responded to the area of Sudley Rd. near I-66 to investigate a hit and run crash where the victim was following the striking vehicle.

According to MPO Renee Car, public information officer, upon locating the vehicles, officers initiated a traffic stop on the striking vehicle, a 2016 Honda CRV, in the above area. When officers attempted to make contact with the driver of the Honda, he refused officer’s commands. Eventually officers were able to open the driver’s door and, while attempting to place the vehicle in park, the driver accelerated causing the vehicle to strike the officer. Minor injuries were reported by the officer.

The driver continued above the posted speed limit and disregarding traffic signals. A short time later, officers were notified of an additional vehicle crash involving the same Honda in the 7700 block of Bethlehem Rd. The vehicle struck several pieces of public property before coming to a stop. After the crash, the occupants fled on foot.

The initial crash investigation revealed that while traveling on Sudley Rd. the Honda crossed over and struck a vehicle already in the lane. The driver of the vehicle, a 45-year-old woman, reported minor injuries.

Following the investigation, officers identified the driver of the Honda as Vincent Marcello CORTAZZI, and obtained arrest warrants. Attempts to locate the accused have been unsuccessful.

Wanted: Vincent Marcello CORTAZZI, 40, of the 100 block of Courtney Dr. in Manassas
Described as a white male, approximately 5’11”, 155 lbs., with black hair, brown eyes, and several scars on both arms
Wanted for 1 count of attempted malicious wounding of LEO, 1 count of felony eluding, 2 counts of hit & run, reckless driving and 1 count of disregarding a traffic signal.

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