Shootings, high-speed chase lead to arrest of Perryville man

January 21, 1991|By Joe Nawrozki | Joe Nawrozki,Evening Sun Staff

A 27-year-old man led State Police on a 30-mile highway chase that reached more than 100 mph before the suspect's vehicle crashed at a construction site early today in Joppa.

William A. Pritt, of the 300 block of Broad St. in Perryville, was being treated for minor injuries at Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre de Grace and faces multiple charges, including attempted murder in Cecil County, said State Police spokesman Chuck Jackson.

Pritt was under police guard at the hospital.

The chase started shortly before 1 a.m. after Pritt was seen speeding away from an alley behind his home. Two men sustained minor gunshot wounds in an apparent dispute with a third man, Jackson said.

Pritt, driving a 1990 red pickup truck, was spotted by two state troopers at Md. 275 and U.S. 222 and the chase was on, Jackson said.

Jackson said the suspect drove to U.S. 40 where he headed south, often at speeds greater than 100 mph. The two marked police cruisers stayed close by, he said.

At Md. 152, Pritt lost control of his vehicle and overturned into some construction site barriers. Police took a .22-caliber rifle from Pritt's car upon his arrest.

Jackson said Douglas A. Heald, 19, of the 1100 block of Third St., Perry Point, and his brother, Donald, 32, were wounded during a dispute with Pritt.

Each was hit in the arm, Jackson said, and they were treated at area hospitals. He said police were attempting to establish a motive for the shootings.

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