Teens Lead Speed Chase

Police and fire scan

July 24, 1991

KEYMAR — Two unlicensed drivers, a 13-year-old from Detour and 14-year-old from Taneytown, were arrested late Saturday after they led police on a chase at speeds exceeding 95 miles per hour.

State police reports said the chase began when a trooper noticed about 11:40 p.m. that a 1979 Thunderbird was not staying to the right of the center line on Middleburg Road.

When the officer tried to stop the vehicle, the 13-year-old turned right on Clear View Road and then left onto Old Taneytown Road.

Traveling back through Taneytown, the youths turned south on Route 194 to Crouse Mill Road and then back onto Middleburg Road

Troopers attempted to stop the pair with a rolling roadblock on Middleburg, but the driver rammed the car and drove on toward Route 77 and crashed into an embankment.

After crashing, the youths attempted to flee on foot.

YOUNGSTER DIES

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- A young boy found at the bottom of a friend's pool late Friday died early Saturday at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

Gautam Bhagat, 10,had been swimming in the deep end of the pool of Drs. Suresh and Sushma Sidh on Bell Road when his cousin noticed the boy lying on the bottom.

Nine-year-old Sammy Sidh rescued Gautam from the water.

Rescue personnel were summoned and the child was resuscitated and sentto Carroll County General Hospital. From there, the boy was transported by helicopter to Johns Hopkins.

Police refused to disclose thecause of death.

FUNDS STARTED FOR COUPLE

DATELINE: SILVER RUN

SILVER RUN -- Residents have raised about $6,000 through two funds set up to help pay medical expenses for Michael and Betty Lou Corbett, wholost their three children in a car accident July 7.

The funds will also pay for the children's funeral expenses.

The accident on Route 97 north of here occurred when the Corbett's car crossed the center line during a heavy rainstorm. The Ford Taurus wagon sideswiped one car and then hit a Jeep Cherokee head on.

Michael Corbett, 24, is in fair condition at Washington County General Hospital. His wife, also 24, was recently transferred to Baltimore County General Hospital in Towson, where she is in satisfactory condition.

The three children -- Loren Cassidy, 1 1/2, Russell Michael Jr., 3, and JacquelineMichelle, 5 -- were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

William Lee, a neighbor of the Corbetts, said the fund he established with the St. Charles Council of the Knights of Columbus has raised about $4,432.

The other fund, created by the Silver Run/Union Mills Lions Club, has received about $1,600 in contributions.

Contributors are from Carroll and Baltimore counties, Lee said.

Money is also being raised through a benefit dance for the couple from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 6 at Martin's Westminster.

Tickets are $12 per person.

Information: 346-7215, 922-5405 or 848-3310.

MAN DIES IN I-95 WRECK

A Hampstead driver and his passenger both were killed Sundayin a three-car collision on Interstate 95.

Construction on the highway forced John R. Watkins, 20, to stop his Honda Civic, south of Route 100.

Police said Richard J. Thiel III, 26, of Anne Arundel County, was driving above the 55 mph speed limit at about 12:15 a.m. and failed to stop for the tie-up. Thiel's Ford Ranger hit a Toyota before striking Watkins' car.

The State Police Med-Evac helicopter transported Watkins and his passenger, Dana M. Telek, 19, of Baltimore County, to the Shock-Trauma Unit in Baltimore.

Both died later thesame day.

Police said charges of driving while intoxicated and failure to reduce speed in a construction zone were placed against Thiel.

POLICE CONTINUE SEARCH

DATELINE: WESTMINSTER

WESTMINSTER -- State police still are looking for an inmate who walked away July 15 from the Central Laundry Pre-Release Unit, off Route 32 in Sykesville facility.

Edward Paul Witte, 28, is described as a white male, 5 feet, 8 inches tall and 170 pounds. He has brown hair and hazel eyes.

Witte was serving eight years in prison for credit card fraud.

Anyone with information on him is asked to contact the state police in Westminster at 848-3111.

ACCIDENT VICTIM STABLE

DATELINE: BALTIMORE

BALTIMORE -- Kara Michelle Gregg, 18, of New Windsor, was listed instable condition at the R. Adam Cowley Shock Trauma Center yesterdayafternoon.

She was injured July 16 when her car ran off WakefieldChurch Road, struck a telephone pole and flipped over.

Here is a compilation of the fire and rescue calls to the Emergency Operations Center:

July 17

1:22 p.m., Hampstead and Arcadia responded to abrush fire on Upper Beckleysville Road.

July 19

9:06 p.m., Hampstead and Arcadia responded to a field fire on North Emory Road.

10:18 p.m., Lineboro responded to a field fire on Grave Run Road.

July 20

11:53 a.m., Reese responded to a brush fire on Elderberry Lane.

2:49 p.m., Reese responded to wires down on Baltimore Boulevard.

July 21

12:10 a.m., Pleasant Valley and Westminster responded to a fire alarm on Flagwood Road.

1:51 a.m., Winfield responded to a brush fire on Muller Road.

3:48 p.m., Harney assisted AdamsCounty on Taneytown Road.

4:00 p.m., Westminster responded to a fire alarm on Ridge Road.

July 22

6:03 a.m., Union Bridge, New Windsor and Taneytown responded to a basement fire on Rampart Way.

7:38 a.m., Sykesville assisted Howard County on a basement fire on River Road.

8:05 a.m., Manchester, Westminster and Lineboro responded to a basement fire in a house on Backwoods Road.

6:58 p.m., Westminster had a wash detail at Cranberry Mall.

July 23

11:06 a.m., Westminster responded to an auto fire on Route 140 and Englar Road.

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