Police chase follows failure to pay toll

September 22, 1991

A 20-year-old man driving a car stolen in New Hampshire led police yesterday morning on a high-speed chase that began after he ran a toll booth on Interstate 95 in Cecil County.

The 15-minute, 22-mile chase ended when the car crashed through another toll plaza, this time at the Baltimore Harbor Tunnel.

The man, whose identity had not been established by police, and two female teen-age passengers were taken by ambulance to Harbor Hospital Center. Maryland state troopers said their injuries appeared to be minor.

Shortly after 11 a.m., officials at the Susquehanna toll plaza in Cecil County notified state police that a red 1983 Mercury Capri had failed to pay the $1 toll. Police spotted the car near the Harford-Baltimore county line and began their pursuit, but the driver kept going, police said. The car reached speeds of more than 100 mph, they said.

The chase continued south on I-95 to I-895 and through the Harbor Tunnel, police said. Once through the tunnel, the car crashed through a wooden barrier at the toll plaza and collided with a pickup truck before coming to a stop in the northbound lane.

Charges are pending against the driver and two passengers, ages 14 and 15.

The driver of the pickup was not injured, police said.

MA Two state police cruisers were slightly damaged in the chase.

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