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Suspect arrested in Dec. 17 hit and run near I-66

Hit and Run Investigation | Attempted Malicious Wounding of a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] *ARREST – On Saturday, Dec. 26, the suspect sought in connection to the hit and run investigation that was reported to have occurred in the area of Sudley Rd. near I-66 in Manassas (20109) on Dec. 17, was arrested, according to MPO Renee Carr, public information officer for Prince William County Police Department. The suspect, Vincent Marcello CORTAZZI, turned himself in to police without incident, MPO Carr said.

Arrested on Dec. 26: Vincent Marcello CORTAZZI, 40, of 100 Courtney Dr. in Manassas Park
Charged with 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
Court Date: February 16, 2021 | Bond: Unavailable

Hit and Run Investigation | Attempted Malicious Wounding of a Law Enforcement Officer [LEO] [Previously Released] – On December 17 at 1:13PM, 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. 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.

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