After a high-speed car chase that ended in East Baltimore when the suspects' stolen car crashed into another vehicle, Baltimore County police last night arrested one man and were seeking another in connection with the theft of nearly $4,700 worth of jewelry from a store at Golden Ring Mall.
Miraculously, no one was hurt in the crash in which the car of an innocent victim was knocked 30 feet into the air, flipped over and skidded nearly two blocks on its top.
Police said the getaway car, a Geo Storm that was reported stolen in the city July 17, was traveling west in the 4500 block of E. Monument St. at more than 80 mph when it crashed into the rear of a 1983 Chevrolet Monte Carlo driven by Louis D'Adamo, 23, a pressman for The Baltimore Sun Co. who was on his way to work.
The impact caused D'Adamo's car to flip more than 30 feet into the air before it landed on its top and skidded nearly two blocks with D'Adamo strapped inside before it came to rest across the street from a Volunteers of America halfway house, police said.
Slightly injured, D'Adamo crawled out of his wrecked car and stood on the median strip as police cars converged from every direction.
After striking D'Adamo's car, the Geo went across the median strip, flipped over and landed on its top in the driveway of a parking lot, police said.
Both occupants fled from the demolished car, but police later found Kevin Lamont Motley, 29, of the 4200 block of Sinclair Lane, hiding under a piece of sheet metal next to a building. The car's other occupant escaped.
Motley was taken to the White Marsh station where he was identified by a store employee as one of two men who had stolen two diamond rings while a clerk was displaying them, police said.
Police charged Motley with grand theft of the jewelry and auto theft. He was being held at the White Marsh station pending a bail hearing today in District Court, police said.
Police said the Geo Storm matches the description of a car used in several recent crimes and that Motley faces additional charges.
According to police, two men entered the jewelry section of Montgomery Ward around 8:30 p.m. and asked to see diamond rings. Police said while Wayne Mullaney, an employee, was showing the rings, one of the men grabbed them and fled.
That man and another man were seen driving off the parking lot in a dark blue Geo Storm that headed west on Pulaski Highway, police said.
Moments later, Officers Robert Riley and Dennis Lewis took up the chase, following the car west on Pulaski Highway through Rosedale and into the city.
Near the city fire department training academy in the 6600 block of Pulaski Highway, several city police vehicles joined the pursuit.
Police said that when the Geo turned onto Monument Street near a Shell Mini-Mart station, it was being driven at more than 80 mph as it neared D'Adamo's car.
"I saw the car headed towards me in my rearview mirror," D'Adamo said at the scene, "and sped up while turning slightly to my left so he and the police could get by me."
Adamo said the next thing he knew, his car had flipped over in midair, then slid on Monument Street upside down.
He said he remembered uttering an expletive and hoping he wasn't going to be killed.
Looking back two blocks to where his car had been struck, D'Adamo pointed to the skid marks left by his car.
"That is where my car was last resting on all four tires before it ended up like that," he said, motioning to his demolished car.
9- "Thank God for seat belts," D'Adamo said.
Police chase ends with crash, arrest in theft