City police say Eric Rodney Keel, 24, tried to run from his troubles yesterday. Instead, he ran smack into them.
Keel was arrested after a long chase in a stolen car across east and southeast Baltimore, a chase that ended with his capture downtown at Fayette and Frederick streets -- literally in the shadow of police headquarters.
Keel, of the 1500 block of E. 36th St., was charged with auto theft and could face an additional charge of burglary, police said. He was being held at the Central District lockup pending a bail review hearing.
Police said the incident began at 10 a.m. when Eastern District officers spotted a 1990 Toyota Camry near their station on Edison Highway. The car had been reported stolen in a night burglary Monday in the 5300 block of Herring Run Drive. The officers took chase, but gave up after their quarry made numerous turns and accelerated out of sight.
A description of the car was broadcast, and officers in the Southeastern District soon spotted the Toyota at Boston and Aliceanna streets, near Fells Point.
The car sped west on Aliceanna, and one of the officers soon reported over the air the car was "going too fast for me."
The chase was then picked up by several more Southeastern District patrol cars, which followed the Toyota north on President Street.
At President and Fayette, the stolen car was finally blocked by traffic at a red light.
Police said Keel then jumped from the car and ran west on Fayette, with several officers pursuing him on foot. The abandoned car drifted into the rear of a dump truck, sustaining minor damage.
The foot chase led police west on Fayette Street, on the sidewalk in front of police headquarters.
There, with squad cars and sprinting police officers from three city districts closing in from all sides, Keel gave up, and he was arrested.
Car keys and a woman's purse stolen in the burglary Monday were found in the stolen car, police said.
Police were continuing an investigation to determine whether Keel was linked directly to the burglary.