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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 9, 2016

D.C. Man Sentenced for Assaulting Officer and Fleeing in Stolen Police Cruiser

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Wilson Alfonso Overton, 27, of Washington, D.C., was sentenced today to 24 months in prison for assault on a federal officer and unauthorized use of a vehicle. Overton was also sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $32,157.00.

Overton pleaded guilty on May 27. According to court documents, on March 16, Overton was pulled over for speeding on the George Washington Memorial Parkway by two officers of the U.S. Park Police.  Officers approached Overton’s vehicle and smelled the odor of marijuana.  Suspecting the driver to be impaired, officers asked Overton to exit the vehicle. Overton refused, rolled up his car window, and sped off on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, striking one of the officers with his car as he fled.  Overton then led officers on a chase at speeds as high as 115 mph that ended when Overton crashed his vehicle.  Overton then continued to flee on foot, later stole a police cruiser, and drove it into Washington, D.C., before finally crashing that vehicle as well.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Robert MacLean, Chief of U.S. Park Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Sean M. Welsh and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Burke prosecuted the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-120.

Updated September 9, 2016