April 3, 2013
A Charlottesville man wanted on drug charges is behind bars after a police pursuit Wednesday afternoon.
The chase started on 5th Street, when an officer tried to pull over a man with five outstanding warrants.
Police say the chase went into a neighborhood. The suspect, 25-year-old Marcell Macuthur Turner, rammed two police cruisers on Meridian Street.
One officer was injured when he tried to get back into his cruiser before it was hit.
Turner jumped out of his still-moving car and hid in the basement of an apartment home in the 1600-block of Meridian Street.
A police dog was brought to the scene to help track down the suspect. Turner was arrested a short time later.
People who live near the scene say this is not the first time they have seen police activity on their street.
"Everybody is pretty concerned about what was going on," said Alan Addington, who lives across the street from Turner's hideout. "This used to be a really nice neighborhood when I moved here 24 years ago. It's really gone down the tubes since then."
Wednesday's police chase racked up an additional seven charges for Turner, including malicious wounding of a police officer. He is now facing a dozen felonies total.
He was taken to the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.