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Man in Custody after Charlottesville Police Chase

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A police chase late Wednesday afternoon has ended in an arrest.

Now, a wanted man is behind bars. Police say that chase began as a vehicle pursuit and ended with a K-9 unit finding the suspect hiding in a basement. It all started around 3:15 p.m.

The chase culminated near the 1600 block of Meridian Street in the Belmont neighborhood, and about an hour later ended in an arrest.

Police say Marcell Turner is now in custody. He was wanted on a number of outstanding warrants mainly for drugs. Now, he's likely to face even more charges for Wednesday's events.

"I was sitting there and I seen a black car came flying down the alley and it almost ran me over," said Greg Gentry, a witness.

Charlottesville police say it all started as a car chase. Investigators say Turner was behind the wheel and rammed two unmarked police cars during the chase. 

One officer was injured and taken to the University of Virginia Medical Center with minor injuries.

Meridian Street is where police say the pursuit continued on foot.

"A short pursuit ended where the subject jumped out of the vehicle in the 1600 block of Meridian and the vehicle continued and came to a rest off the roadway. He was later taken into custody at 4:10 p.m. for a number of charges that related to some drug outstanding warrants," said Lt. Ronnie Roberts, Charlottesville police spokesperson. 

Police say a K-9 unit found Turner hiding in an unlocked basement apartment. 

Turner is now being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.  

Police say he could face several felonies, including malicious wounding.

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