Hospitalized Suspect Escapes By Jumping

Police beat

September 03, 1991

A 25-year-old man who had been arrested Thursday after leading police on a chase in Glen Burnie was captured after escaping from the Coronary Care Unit of North Arundel Hospital on Saturday.

The man had been hospitalized after telling police he swallowed cocaine just before officers caught up to his motorcycle on Central Avenue and Crain Highway at 2 p.m. Thursday.

Police said they got a call from the hospital 11 a.m. Saturday, saying the man, identified as Don Matthew Duclos of the unit block Coachman Lane, Severna Park, had jumped out of the second-story hospitalwindow.

A lookout was broadcast in the North County area, and at about 11:30 a.m. an officer on patrol on the B & A Trail near JumpersHole Road spotted the man. The officer said the man ran to a fenced-in wooded area between Chi Chi's Restaurant and K mart Automotive Center.

About 12 officers surrounded the ravine and a state police K-9 unit was called. At 11:50 a.m., before the search dogs arrived, theman was apprehended by Officer Charles "Butch" Troyer near the trail.

Gidmeyer said the man was not considered dangerous, but said police "were concerned how he might react" if he encountered people walking on the trail and police at the same time. "We didn't want him to grab some kid on the trail."

Police spokesman Officer V. Richard Molloy said the man had been arrested Thursday after a 10-minute chasethat started at the intersection of Ritchie Highway and Hammonds Lane and ended in central Glen Burnie after the man crashed his motorcycle into a van.

Molloy said the man told police he "swallowed a whole bunch of cocaine" and was taken to North Arundel Hospital, where tests showed signs of a heart attack. He was placed in the Coronary Care Unit without a guard because the charges he faced were misdemeanortraffic citations, the spokesman said.

Molloy said the man was charged with "about a dozen traffic citations.


A Davidsonville man suffered severe head injuries in amotorcycle crash on Route 450 in Annapolis early Monday morning, state police said.

The police reported that Kevin J. Dillon, 31, was heading west on Route 450 when his bike crashed near the Interstate 97 overpass. He was found lying next to the guard rail at 12:30 a.m. and was flown by state police helicopter to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at University Medical Center in Baltimore. He was reported in critical condition there yesterday afternoon.

The police report did not say if Dillon was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.No other vehicles were involved, police said.

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